OK, maybe this is a TOTALLY stupid question, but my degree's in Journalism, not Physics:
Is there ANY significant advantage to lifting a launch vehicle as high as possible before launching it?
This is my first entry here. I just thought everyone here might be interested to know that two LJers who are near and dear to me have entered NASA's 2010 space elevator contest. I'm helping spread the word about it because they are trying to raise money to build their machine with the best materials. I think they have a really good idea for the design and a real chance at winning! If you'd like to help by buying a t-shirt, or if you're just interested or want to talk shop with them check out the web site at www.starclimber05.com. There's a blog tracking their progress. Thanks!