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Re: Re: starship-design: Suspended Animation
In a message dated 5/10/98 6:54:58 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Remote control of a "steady push" starship on a b-line and at constant
>in unimpeded space, 50 years from now, will be quite more simple - and sure -
>present-day control of manuvering military aircraft at variable range in the
>Its going to be as easy as controlling a present-day VCR. Redundancy could
>against failures. --
You don't need remotre control for steady bland flight, you need it for
emergencies and judgement.
Also since the ships would be moving away from one another over great
distences the time lag eats you.
>---Critical manuvers could count with a temporary human crew from
>the "main" ship. Tugboat "command" ships, or a travelling attachable "bridge-
> Active repair crews would be composed of dozens or hundreds of year 2040
>maintenance bots and AIs for each human. Life-support, accomodations and R&R
>would be correspondingly lessened. They would also multiply the human crews
>capacity to emergencies. As in todays industries and stock brokers, expert
>and AI would allow the crew to "bring along" as earths best as consultants
> If asteroid mining spurs the development of automated mini-foundries,
>and mini-factories (or pre-processing plants) - and raw materials asteroids /
>are sent along with the ship / fleet - then the main foreseeable non-human
>to the mission will have been resolved.
AI has gotten good at dealing with routine things in a very limited relm.
They are still pretty useless in an unconstraind environment like ship repair.
So again I'm assuming the systems can't be much more then a couple orders of
magnitude better then today.