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RE: RE: starship-design: YES, we might do it.
> From: David Levine <email@example.com>
> I'm assuming that early mining experiments would be performed by
> industry already in orbit and that by 2050 space mining will still be
> operating at a loss, with predictions for large profit in the future.
> Also, perhaps by the time space mining really takes off the biggest
> customers might not be on the Earth.
I think that space mining will have rather little use
as a source of raw materials for Earth-bound industry.
99% of its output will be used by space infrastructure,
or by such places like the Moon, lacking some essential resources,
and much cheaper than Earth concerning transportation costs.
And there is a big bootstrap problem:
space mining is impractical without developed human
space infrastructure, and building such infrastructure
is impossible without space mining...