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RE: starship-design: Numbers needed for Colonization


> >And YES a planet is maybe NOT neccesary for the colony to
> survive, but
> it
> >probably IS neccisary for the endevour to make "economic
> sense" even in
> >the long run. (If the target star system doesn't have
> planetary bodies
> you
> >wanna exploit, why go there???)
> ==> A very, very good idea...

There is more to exploit in any system than just planets. In fact, once free
of the gravity well of a planet and loose in the richness of space, why
would you want to go back?