What technological and financial barriers prevent proposals for partial nonrocket spacelaunch such as magnetic levitation trains from becoming a reality? These systems, if created, could substantially reduce the delta-v required by rockets to achieve orbit.

I would exclude space elevators from this discussion, as those have already been discussed at length elsewhere.


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    $\begingroup$ I feel like this paper covered it pretty well: hindawi.com/journals/ijae/2012/830536 it might help someone trying to write an answer. $\endgroup$ – AlanSE Jul 18 '13 at 16:10
  • $\begingroup$ Could you perhaps specify a specific technology you're interested in? As it stands this question is too broad. $\endgroup$ – Gwen Jul 18 '13 at 16:39
  • $\begingroup$ Since the space elevator is already discussed, maglev or gun systems seem (to me) to be the most realistic proposals. $\endgroup$ – Robert Mason Jul 18 '13 at 16:45

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