Ok, so I’d like to create a fully reusable Eve launch system. I’d like the launch point for the system to be anywhere on the planet- not just high altitudes where the atmosphere is thinner. I am willing (and already do) to use any number of mods to accomplish this, just so long as the mods are realistic (so no ion-propelled airplanes for me, no thanks!!!).
I have two plans, both of which involve launching a high delta V, single stage rocket/space plane from a lofted position above most of the atmosphere. I have created single stage, high TWR, high delta-V (6000 m/s-6500 m/s) landers and rocket rovers for reusable Tylo landings already. Actually, the landers/rovers were OVERDESIGNED for Tylo, as after landing, taking off, and reaching orbit, they still have like 1000+ m/s delta-V left over. (Apparently, it only really requires like 5000-5300 m/s delta V for a typical Tylo de-orbit, landing, and re-orbit.)
ANYWAY, I am reasonably certain that 6000 m/s is enough to easily get into orbit from the upper atmosphere of Eve… Eve orbital velocity is "only" like around 3200 m/s at at an altitude just above the atmosphere, I believe.
So to loft my single stage, ascent stage to the upper atmosphere of Eve, I see two options really-
Balloon-launched rocket system- a balloon from the Hooligan labs mod will be used to lift the rocket above most of the atmosphere. The only real issue I have with this mod is that, from what I have seen, the balloons are ridiculously undersized compared to what they would be in reality. I have been told though that I can configure this to a more realistic set of values. The strength of the dirigible approach is that it should be relatively easy to re-attach a landed ascent vehicle- just hover over to it and dock with it… in theory, at least.
Nuclear powered, propeller-driven aircraft- an aircraft will be used to lift the rocket above most of the atmosphere. The aircraft will be driven using a nuclear reactor (NOT RTGs) and the electric propellers I BELIEVE are included with the Firespitter propeller pack (right?). The aircraft will also be an excellent method to explore the surface of Eve, as it will have unlimited endurance. The biggest issues with the aircraft will be whether it is truly possible to create a practically-sized aircraft that flies on Eve using a nuclear reactor, AND has enough lift left to loft an ascent stage, and also, getting this aircraft to Eve in the first place, as it will be rather large and unwieldy outside of an atmosphere. I’m positive I can find some way of working out a way to get it there, if such an aircraft is in fact possible to build.
ANYWAY- now that my question has been put into the proper context, here is my question at last - is what I want to do even possible ?! I will have a piloted aircraft or piloted dirigible and piloted rocket that will separate from each other in the atmosphere. If I am piloting the rocket, then what the hell happens to the vehicle I am not actively piloting once I get outside of 2.5 km?! If the stock game does not handle it well, are there mods that can solve any issues (like maybe, this “RemoteTech” mod I have heard of)?
Thanks for any help you guys can offer!