Aircraft-based Rocket Launch


  • Abhay Mahesh Hervatte
  • Anand Ashok Kaushik
  • Shubham Arvind Tupkar
  • Swetha Sappe Narasimhamuthy


rocket, aircraft, Virgin, Boeing, aerospace


Rocket launches are risky, expensive and statistically more likely to fail as compared to a conventional aircraft take-off. Additionally, a larger amount of energy is needed, primarily in the lower troposphere, to propel the rocket upwards[1].

It was theorized that if a rocket is launched above the earth’s troposphere, the amount of fuel and subsequently the size of the rocket would be reduced by a significant margin. This report aims to explore, and also provide a basic understanding on, the methods that are currently implemented in aircraft based rocket launching systems.




How to Cite

Mahesh Hervatte A, Ashok Kaushik A, Arvind Tupkar S, Sappe Narasimhamuthy S. Aircraft-based Rocket Launch. ExCon [Internet]. 2020 Jan. 20 [cited 2024 Jun. 14];8(4):29-30. Available from: