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Re: Re: The future...etc.

Did we ever discus this idea?  Any interest?


>Date: Mon, 18 Mar 1996 17:47:57 -0500
>From: DotarSojat@aol.com
>To: T.L.G.vanderLinden@student.utwente.nl, kgstar@most.fw.hac.com,
>        stevev@efn.org, jim@bogie2.bio.purdue.edu, zkulpa@zmit1.ippt.gov.pl,
>        hous0042@maroon.tc.umn.edu, rddesign@wolfenet.com,
>        David@interworld.com, lparker@destin.gulfnet.com, bmansur@oc.edu
>Subject: Re: Re: The future...etc.
>Kelly and some unidentified person he quotes on 3/17/96 at
>11:02 am (I plan someday to be able to decipher your quotes)
>say that it is "frustrating being stuck in the 1990s while
>trying to design a ship whose technology is really at least
>100 years beyond our reach."
>What would you think about modifying the purpose of the Project
>slightly?  In a Reusable Launch Vehicle Study I ran 30 years
>ago (my, how time flies!), we had a purpose you might consider
>for this Project.  The purpose was (paraphrased, because the
>Report is in my office 26 miles away, and I don't plan on
>going in there in the near future) (1) to make an internally
>consistent comparison of the different options, with conceptual
>design only in enough detail to allow rating them regarding
>feasibility and cost, and (2) to determine the advancements in
>technology in relation to current levels required to make them
>achievable.  While that study mainly considered options
>consistent with a decision to develop the Space Shuttle only
>five years hence (which we didn't know at that time), it spent
>a lot of time examining the competitive standing and techno-
>logical requirements for scramjets (aka "the Aerospaceplane"),
>which may still be decades in the future today.
>Such a comparative study could be a guide to steer future
>efforts away from the losers, but mainly would provide the
>"mission push" to support advancement in the key technologies.
>P.S. To David: While the Interstellar Propulsion Society may
>provide a forum to publish sophisticated technical papers, I
>view the LIT/SSD as a forum to stimulate and shape the minds
>of the emerging generation, who will be around to accomplish
>the goals.  I would rather participate in stimulating enthus-
>iasm than in deferring to existing authority.  It's a lot
>more rewarding to figure how it should be done than to con-
>tribute to extending the status quo.  It's better to be part
>of an organization where what you say is more important than
>how you say it.  I could go on and on...                   -Rex


Kelly Starks                       Internet: kgstar@most.fw.hac.com
Sr. Systems Engineer
Magnavox Electronic Systems Company
(Magnavox URL: http://www.fw.hac.com/external.html)