You know, starfish, I originally thought this was correct. But upon reflection I have doubts: Imagine we have two pickup trucks drop off over a cliff's edge at the same instant. But one is going 5 mph & the other 85 mph. Surely the one going 85 would make a considerable inertial path pretty close to horizontal before he began his gravity-pulled descent. His path would actually be longer than that of the slow truck. Also his time to hit bottom.by starfish prime on March 29th, 2018, 11:15 am
An object dropped and one projected forward from the same height will land at the same moment. There is no orbital velocity that an object can reach allowing it to simply freefall around the Earth without constantly consuming fuel.
We've all seen this "temporary defiance of gravity" by skiiers and skateboarders. It's actually just that their paths are the result of the gravity force vector at right angles to the horizontal inertia of motion vector-- with the resultant path being an hypotenuse whose dimension is largely determined by their initial velocity.
As for a velocity which would allow an object to orbit, defying a reduced gravity long-term, I wouldn't know how to compute that. Wikipedia says
Near the surface of the Earth (sea level), gravity decreases with height such that linear extrapolation would give zero gravity at a height of one half of the earth's radius
So at 2,000 mi above Earth we'd have 0 gravity. We don't want that. Is there a distance where satellites would neither fly off at 0 gravity, nor fall to earth? Since we do have natural satellites, it appears so. And it's logical that speed of orbit would help to offset gravity, allowing a lower orbit.
Do we have the fuel-carrying and other technology to get there? I haven't a clue. Obviously they've told us a lot of lies about nonexistent programs. It's possible that the lies dovetail with the constant refreshing of the "alien visitation" hoax. Another major psy-op that could be pulled out of the hat if it suits some scenario.