sollvax, there is always someone saying it's impossible until somebody else figures out how to do it, all I'm saying is the the whole idea of a space elevator is being researched right now and a lot of governments are very interested, Japan in particular. Space Elevators, Space Fountains, Launch Loops, Skyhooks, Rotovators. Yes it's mostly theoretical, yes we can't do it today but that doesn't mean we will never be able to do it. Impossible is a word that is used more often than wisely and we have plenty of examples of when that words use was premature.
rajo11, politics and budgetary constraints killed VentureStar, a true reusable spaceplane would be a boon, but there are no incentives to develop it when the same goals can be accomplished using existing rocket technology. If 9/11 had never happened the picture might be different, but with a national debt of hundreds of billions of dollars due to the war, spending billions more developing and implementing a new spaceplane became untenable.
yeah but the tank problem was the nail in the coffin, if it worked we would have the venturestar now.
So answer the question. Should we abandon those technologies because they're "too dangerous", or should we instead try to find ways to make them safer?
We should all be back living at caves and dying of illnesses that are easily cured by current medicine ... didnt you watched Insurrection?
Originally Posted by sollvax
Personally Id abandon manned space travel entirely and send Robots
I played Mission Critical and I am not going to end up on a Dyson Sphere because the Americans want to test what happens when you put a baby and a dingo in a room for science (anyone that played that game should realize I kinda agree with the UN on that and dont bring up the storyline, I know but its just a coop-out).
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