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The difference between launching from the equator versus launching from Florida works out to about 55 m/s. Total velocity budget required to reach LEO is around 9400 m/s, so the difference is about half a percent. To launch Pegasus from the equator, the L-1011 would have to take off from Florida, fly 3000 km south, launch, then fly 3000 km home -- pretty ...


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