Getting to space is incredibly hard, expensive and needs a lot of resources. A more efficient way to get there is a Skyhook (or Spacetether), an ever rotating cable with a counter weight, that catapults spaceships from earth orbit into the depths of space.
Apparently we have the technical knowledge to build a skyhook today??? Can we get on that?
As a sci-fi writer I feel some distress that I was born too soon to see real space exploration. I hope to see advances in my lifetime.
I have to chuckle because of course I chose a space elevator (which is not currently technically feasible) for my (on hold) space opera. I needed it for plot reasons 🤷♀️