Too Much Free Time

by Michael Ho

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north korea, rockets, space, spacecraft, usc


DailyDirt: Rockets, Man

from the urls-we-dig-up dept

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. By the way, StumbleUpon can also recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    Markus Hopkins (profile), 18 Apr 2012 @ 6:37pm

    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.

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