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Re: RE: Re: starship-design: Re: Perihelion Maneuver

In a message dated 12/5/97 1:59:41 AM, lparker@cacaphony.net wrote:

>> I would argue we pick only _very_ likely advances.  Either that or
>> admit that there's no particular reason to think the design will
>> _ever_ work.
>If we had always funded research that way, we wouldn't even have fission...

You don't do research that way (you research everything, just in case) but
when you do engneering design you don't plan on anything that depends on a lot
of luck.