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starship-design: The QUESTION on the floor ...

L. Parker writes:
 >   Will it be possible or not?
 > > 
 > > My gut instinct tells me "yes", but at a dramatic cost.  What does
 > > everyone else think?
 > I vote YES.
 > Lee

I wasn't really intending to call into question the currently
stated goal of the design project to build a manned interstellar
mission by 2050.  All I really meant to say was that at this time
it seems sort of unlikely that our future will turn out like
that, but mainly for social rather than technical reasons.

I do think that if it really became a worldwide social priority
in the near future to take that first step to the stars in 2050,
it could happen.