In another forum, the question was raised, "could a ship with 1G acceleration escape the gravity well of a planet with 1G gravity?" A popular response is, if the craft is aerodynamic, it could accelerate laterally until it reached escape velocity and then manage to get to space. I don't believe this is a viable response, even if friction is ignored, but I really can't think of a clear, concise way to communicate this gut-feeling. Am I right or is this actually a worthwhile answer? Thanx!