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February 05, 2015


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Charles Dekle

Col Lang,

I am retired but if I were 20 years younger, I would try my best to get an engineering job with one of these outfits. Wish that I could do a Rip Van Winkle and go to sleep for the next 20 years so that I could see how it all turned out.

I agree with you that the moon would make a perfect staging platform for the final push to Mars. The mass accelerator from "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" might prove useful for sending supplies to Mars from the Moon. They would have to rig some sort of booster system for decelerating into low Mars orbit. Oh my how I do run on. Well I am old so that might be an excuse. Thanks for the link and the comments.

Kind regards,


Charles Dekle
If memory serves the mass driver was also use to fire ore loads back at Terran oceans so that they could be picked up later. pl

Charles I

Charles Dekle, gravity is often used to decelerate space craft, no? A few puffs nudging it into a trick orbit or two and then on down rather than rocket deceleration per se??


If I had a few spare billion dollars, I would set up to mine an asteroid...

Depends on how one defines commercial. I think the first commercial profitable endeavors will be to supply imagery to those with a great need to know and national treasury to draw upon.

I think these visionary billionaires will support the eventual mining and other purely commercial efforts, long term.

Lord Curzon

In years to come, I wonder if we'll see something along the lines of IPX - Inter Planetary EXpeditions, the agency responsible for exploring extra terrestrial civilisations for their technology, as seen in Babylon 5 (by J. Michael Straczynski).

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