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Re: starship-design: Infrastructure in space [was: FTL travel...]

In a message dated 4/27/00 9:43:18 AM, zkulpa@zmit1.ippt.gov.pl writes:

>> From owner-starship-design@lists.uoregon.edu Thu Apr 27 02:01:03 2000
>> From: KellySt@aol.com
>> In a message dated 4/26/00 7:45:04 AM, zkulpa@zmit1.ippt.gov.pl writes:
>> >> 
>> >> >They will be in space too - but will not use it for burning...
>> >> 
>> >> What else do you expect to be consuming all that oil?
>> >> 
>> >Plastics. There is no other resource in space that can be used
>> >to produce them...
>> Billinos of metric tons?  
>Who said we _must_ use all of these billions of tons
>in one moment?
>> And what do you do with the rest of the crude you 
>> distile out to make the plastic feed stock.
>Simply left it in the place it was mined from...

Then why bother?  If your only talking aboutprocesing a few milllion tons of 
material, using probably thousands of tans of refinery complex, is it worth 
the trouble to set up the refinery colony?  

>-- Zenon Kulpa