DailyDirt: Rockets, Man

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International space races don’t quite inspire the same awe or fear as they did in the 1960s. There are a bunch of countries still trying to launch rockets into orbit for various reasons, but there are also quite a few commercial and amateur organizations working on space-worthy rockets. Here are just a few examples.

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The Moondoggie says:

Re: And then there's Planetary Resources

That’s interesting.

But just imagine how much money they’ll need. They need to reserch on the ff key points:

1. Detect which asteroid/planet/moon has the target resources.
2. How to mine the asteroids/planet/moon.
3. How to get all the mined stuff back here.

KickStarter can’t fund this.

Markus Hopkins (profile) says:

Re: Re: And then there's Planetary Resources

In the reading I’ve done in the last few minutes, it looks like your step 3 may not be part of the calculus at all. The mined material may be used “in situ” to help on our way to exploring/colonizing/monetizing the solar system. I will say though that Diamandis has mentioned funding such a project by speculating in the markets that such mining might impact (in a TED talk), so maybe he does intend to get the stuff back here (if that’s even what this is all about).

I agree that steps 1 and 2 are problematic, but it at least looks like we have some sense of what the rough makeup of many of the asteroids are, and what it will take to reach them, even if not economically feasible under any existing models.

Lawrence D'Oliveiro says:

?thinly-disguised test for a long-range missile?

I?m no fan of the North Koreans, but propaganda is propaganda, even when it?s coming from the US. By definition, any rocket capable of reaching orbit is capable of reaching far-away points on the Earth?s surface.

Remember the US?s early rocket launches? The Redstone and Atlas rockets were explicitly designed to launch ICBMs, no ?thinly-disguised? about it! Yet both went on to serve peaceful purposes as well, launching Mercury and Gemini manned missions into space.

You have this mindset that your country is always implicitly the ?good guys?, that a military capability is good when you possess it, but bad when someone else has it. The world has never revolved around the US. Deal with it.

abc gum says:

Re: ?thinly-disguised test for a long-range missile?

I think the issue here is who owns the trademark on “thinly-disguised”. Certainly there is a vast quantity of prior art and many who proclaim they were the “first to bullshit”. Needless to say, this particular Government Model Patent will be in the courts for some time.

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