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RE: starship-design: YES, we might do it.


> Problem is unless there is some short term profit, there will be
> no long term
> investments.  Also the without a large scale market, mining would not be
> economical in space, and there be no economy to support the major space
> colonization that would support something like our starship project.
> Zero G manufacturing might havesupported such mines, but interest
> in it has
> droped a lot in the last decade.

True, to a point. Read the Space Transportation Study, it is available on
the Web. (Plan on spending at least a weekend, it is pretty thick.) It goes
into detail regarding the viability of every conceivable use for space that
would increase usage of space lift, including mining, manufacturing,
tourism, etc.

As a matter of fact, it is a pretty good primer for this group, maybe
someone should add it to the web site?