What is the difference in delta-V required for a launch from the highest natural point on Earth (about 8,800 m or 29,000 ft) as opposed to a sea level launch?

Assuming a completely ground based launch system, air resistance would presumably be a consideration. This similar question Effect of atmospheric drag on rocket launches and benefits of high altitude launch sites is specific to rockets, where lift is generated throughout the transition through the atmosphere.


marked as duplicate by Rory Alsop, Deer Hunter, Undo, Dan Neely, Danubian Sailor Aug 18 '13 at 17:25

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    $\begingroup$ It would be very expensive to maintain a space base there, including all infrastructure, and to transfer the payload. $\endgroup$ – gerrit Aug 13 '13 at 15:25
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    $\begingroup$ Cheaper dollar-wise or acceleration-wise? $\endgroup$ – Undo Aug 13 '13 at 15:25
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    $\begingroup$ Can you provide oxygen masks for all the workers? $\endgroup$ – Deer Hunter Aug 13 '13 at 15:33
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    $\begingroup$ @Undo Accelertion. $\endgroup$ – James Jenkins Aug 13 '13 at 18:22
  • $\begingroup$ I suggest that @AlanSE simply copies his answer on that similar question here, because I don't see how it doesn't answer your question. I'm not saying the question is a duplicate, I'm saying that the answer could easily fit both questions equally well. According to Stack Exchange stuff, this is in certain cases permissible. As he said in the answer: "The sum of all these is a ballpark estimate of the benefit you would get from changing your launch location from sea-level to Mt. Everest" (in terms of Δv, and the savings are then by his calculations 6.167%). $\endgroup$ – TildalWave Aug 14 '13 at 3:17