When we considered, many years ago, to participate the "Google Lunar X Prize" competition, our envisioned system was a giant, torus-shaped stratosphere balloon that would have a small rocket-launching system in its small open middle. To be able to have control over its position, our concept also had a number of propellers along the "equatorial" line of the giant torus-shaped balloon. The outside would have been very dark, to take advantage of using sun emissions to additionally heating up the gas inside the immense balloon, as this would aide in the rising of the balloon.

The idea was to bring the rocket launch system to an altitude where the atmosphere would be thin enough to minimize vibrations of the rockets during their start phase, thus allowing for reduced material strength of those rockets, meaning less material being used, meaning less start weight. Also, meaning a lower amount of fuel as the rockets are launched from a much higher altitude which again results in less start weight.

With our concept at that time, we focused on relatively small rockets, meant to target the market for micro and small satellites only.

If we had continued with our project, the strato launch balloon would have been inflated and launched along the coast, risen over the open, empty ocean towards the stratosphere, and launch the rocket from there.

If you want, you can try with an online search if you can still find any traces of our project on the Internet, but it was way back, in 2009. Not sure if any "left-overs" can still be found...
Our project name was:
MOON RUNNINGS Jamaica

(everyone knows the movie and history of "Cool Runnings") :-D


It would be nice, if your JUNO game could incorporate parts for such a stratosphere-based balloon launch system for rockets.

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    Thanks.
    No, I do not see the option for any avatar picture. Maybe because I am too new?

    11 months ago
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    3,359 NellEngineer

    @Okeefenokee17th Juno offers a lot of creativity in creating your own crafts, whether they are rockets, planes, space stations. It is up to the player to choose their adventure. I've been playing this game since 2020 and I really like it, it's worth the investment.

    Now to change your profile picture, you can go to "manage accout" and click on "snow Gravatar". Click on the link provided and send the image on the website where it will open.
    Hope I helped!

    11 months ago
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    I did not know, that there is a possibility ingame to create balloons.
    I am posting, because i want to know what this game can do, before I decide to purchase it. I have not yet any experience with this game, only seeing on Youtube what others do ingame.

    Oh, another question: how can I change my avatar-picture?

    11 months ago
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    3,359 NellEngineer

    It really looks very interesting and innovative. But have you ever thought about developing a balloon in the game? Obviously it wouldn't be functional like in real life, but I think it would be possible to reproduce the idea in the game. It would be really interesting to see things like this in the community :)

    11 months ago

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