I'm thinking about something like this: Suppose you really wanted to get into orbit and didn't care about getting back down / staying alive up there. You sneak into a launch facility at night, push some kind of button in a bunker somewhere, and run like crazy to get into the capsule. You then get blasted into orbit.
Is there any rocket configuration that has been used that would allow you to do this? The main requirements would be, as far as I can tell:
- There must be some kind of master control which would initiate the launch sequence,
- It must be physically possible to be in the rocket by the time it lifted off,
- The rocket must not need any kind of ground tracking to be operational.
Note that the only requirement for you is that you make it to orbit in one piece, and could survive there for a substantial (>30 minutes) period of time. Also, let's say you don't have time to make any major adjustments to the systems.
Is there any configuration used in the past for a mission that could conceivably allow this?