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

In a message dated 10/13/98 6:47:35 PM, david@playlink.com wrote:

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>> From: 	KellySt@aol.com[SMTP:KellySt@aol.com]
>> Sent: 	Tuesday, October 13, 1998 7:13 PM
>> Subject: 	Re:  RE: 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.
>Well, it depends on your definition of long-term and short-term.  There
>have been companies in the past that have supported research with no
>immediate or obvious financial gain.

True, the late bell labs was famed for that (and the stagering quantity of
Nobel prizes that policy aquired for it).

>Also, my timeline postulated the existence of zero-g manufacturing.
>That, and a growing space infrastructure of private labs and tourist
>facilities would be good customers.

Zero-G manufacturing is a good hook, and it might grow to a level that would
demand enough ore to start up a space mining industry - I hope.

>David Levine