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The line between getting a fifteen pound aircraft with dozen of m2 of lifting surface flying around a gymnasium at mach 0.0008 and getting one of those into orbit is wide. Really wide. Your-mom tier wide.

Also, that 'ion engine' is a very far cry from what is used for spacecrafts. It doesn't even use on-board propellant, and would face the same issues as trying to get a propeller airplane in space. There ARE other, exotic avenues to reaching space, but that's just not one of them.

P.S. You CAN get a fully Ion driven aircraft to  orbit in KSP already, but it's borderline insane.

Edited by Axelord FTW
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