Research Proposal: Sub-Orbital & Orbital Flight Path *Brain-storm Ideas With Me* *Light "imagineering" should be okay on this thread. I don't require anything that technical, mostly just ideas.* I'm in a technical writing class which is giving me the opportunity to work on grant proposals. It's quite exciting. I've chosen to propose a research project for a certain NASA grant. Now, the project I decide to propose doesn't have to be something I actually do, because I'm only a second year student. It is just to make me skilled in doing these types of proposals. Here is a link to the grant: Grants.gov: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=Bz7qLyyB2cLJXyb7dvvJ9tyJmzMH0GVyhNDp2jjNW9VDFfPfLLgG!407920266?oppId=51418&mode=VIEW" [Broken] NASA.gov (full grant details): http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/418826main_Space%20Grant%202010%20Solicitation%20Rev%20B[1 [Broken] I'm thinking of proposing a method for sub-orbital and orbital flight based on a two craft, in-flight, release and launch system. It would be very similar to Virgin Galactic's launch system. However, I'd like to think of a way of making orbital flight possible with this type of launch, while keeping costs relativity low. This orbital flight method is oriented towards being used for commercial purposes eventually. WhiteKnightOne & SpaceShipOne: [PLAIN]http://www.spacetoday.org/images/Rockets/XPrizeRockets/SpaceShipOne/WhiteKnightCarriesSSO_1.jpg [Broken] WhiteKnightTwo & SpaceShipTwo: [URL]http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/ns/cms/dn13219/dn13219-3_700.jpg[/URL] Virgin Galactic's Flight Launch and re-entry method: [URL]http://www.itison.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/virgingalactic.jpg[/URL] Needed Research: - Propulsion - Structural Design If anyone has any ideas to throw around for this proposal, feel free to do so or even change the proposal idea all together if you have a cool idea that I can work with. The proposal has to meet these requirements: worked on within an academic institution and increase the understanding, assessment, development, and utilization of space and aeronautics resources. I've attached a copy of my pre-proposal rough draft to give you guys a better idea of where I was going with this. I'll post any progress I've made towards this research proposal.