Status: Study 2004.
The Liberator would be launched from an ocean-going barge. Once the barge was towed to the planned launch location, the rocket flame deflector, launch guide and rocket would be raised to a vertical position. Fuel and oxidizer would be loaded into their respective tanks. Pilot and passengers board the capsule. When seas and winds were calm and all systems were go, the rocket fires. After rocket engine cut-off, the capsule was in free-fall until well after it passed apogee (108 km altitude). When the capsule reached 10 km altitude on its descent, a parachute was released and began to slow the capsule's fall. The capsule be tracked by GPS, and would splash down in the ocean. Capsule and crew were to be recovered almost immediately.