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Re: starship-design: Re: Perihelion Maneuver (fwd)
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>From kuo Mon Dec 1 23:37:36 1997
>Subject: Re: starship-design: Re: Perihelion Maneuver
>To: email@example.com (L. Parker)
>Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 23:37:36 -0600 (CST)
>In-Reply-To: <01BCFE82.AABF5240.firstname.lastname@example.org> from "L. Parker" at Dec 1, 97 05:41:18 pm
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>L. Parker wrote:
>>Well, actually I think you are both right. But it isn't just a matter of
>>time. It is a matter of economics and above all, politics. Those sorts of
>>arguments did not stop the Apollo program, which in hind sight if we had
>>waited twenty years, we COULD have done much easier and quicker.
>Actually, if we had waited twenty years, we could at best have gotten
>there 10 years slower.
>>I have no problem with unmanned probes at 0.1 c, I have already stated on
>>this forum that we need to start sending out unmanned probes at 0.03 c
>>right now...so that we will be getting meaningful information back in fifty
>>years or so.
>What is 1.5 light years away that we want meaningful information
>from? Anyway, I don't see any way we can launch something at .03c
>today. Maybe a magsail with hydrogen bomb track in a decade or so,
>but that's really really iffy.
>>What I don't believe in is human interstellar travel at those velocities.
>>Hardware is cheap, life isn't. Unless we can push the 99% c envelope, we
>>aren't going to be able to do it.
>I disagree. If I were offered the chance to fly on a 1 way mission
>to the Alpha Centauri systems at .2c (where I'd then spend the rest
>of my life), I for one would jump at it. I'm sure there are many
>others who'd be just as excited to do so.
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