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Re: RE: starship-design: Infrastructure in space [was: FTLtravel...]

In a message dated 4/25/00 6:30:14 PM, marc@ias.jb.com writes:

>On Tue, 25 Apr 2000, L. Parker wrote:
>> Zenon has a point about oil, or more generally petroleum type substances
>> So finding oil in space might be profitable after all. Not as a fuel
>but as
>> raw materials to manufacture plastics, etc.
>   Is not oil made by compression of large amounts of organic matter?

Terchnically the stuff in space would be considered a hydrocarbon sludge, but 
its pretty much indistinquishable from Earthly oil.  So close that some ae 
reconsidering how oil is formed on earth.

Anyway one good sized commet core in near earth orbit has been identofied as 
having nearly 1000 times as much oil as opec produced in its best year.

>   I am glad to see this list is still active.  I am interested in
>starship design (both real and imaginary) from a simulation point of view.

Welcome to the club.  ;)

>Marc Hernandez