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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's
war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars"
defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make
the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an
application of science be successful? Is a militarized space
inevitable, necessary or impossible?
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- 07:18pm Jun 15, 2002 EST (#2553
Those same engineers and organizations, if assigned, might go a
long way toward solving the global warming problem - or
getting us a long way toward big floating photocells - if some
fairly straightforward things turn out to be practical, as I think
they might be.
Defense isn't the only thing that engineering teams can do. Not
by a long shot. Other things need doing. And people and
organizations, who are only so flexible, need transitions when
programs get cancelled - especially programs like Crusader, which
were performing technically.
- 07:20pm Jun 15, 2002 EST (#2554
The exercise of talking about these things to Congressional
people and contractors would also tell me a lot about whether I've
been "completely unshackled" or not.
- 08:00pm Jun 15, 2002 EST (#2555
NASA has been testing "mass driver technology" at White Sands.
There was an article in the Dallas Morning News back in the mid 90s
about the success they were experiencing.
I wrote an essay outlining how this technology could be harnessed
for commercial purposes.
A mass driver would be constructed on the equator in the Andes.
It would fire 1000lb ingots every minute with a 90% efficiency, (10%
downtime for maintenance). The 1000lb ingot would be a 500lb
vitreous core containing radioactive waste and 500lb lead shielding
should the ingot not achieve earth orbit and fall back to earth and
require rerival and relaunch.
once these ingots are in orbit they would be retrieved by a fleet
of ferry craft which will carry then to one of three mass drivers in
earth orbit. There the ingots will be accelerated in a retro grade
trajectory so they "slow down relative to earth's orbital speed.
They drop out of Earth orbit and voila fall into the sun! Better
than burying them at Yucca Mt.
The mass drivers in orbit would be firing in a retro grade manner
so that on one side of their orbit they would be accelerating to a
higher orbit and on the other side they would be decelerating so
that the sum of their delta vs in an egg shaped orbit.
BTW at 1000lbs per minute for a year would deliver 236,520 tons!!
Sure could build the Starship Enterprise and all those facilities in
- 08:28pm Jun 15, 2002 EST (#2556
I understand a little bit about guns, which are basically
pistons. That's less important than this fact -- the engineers who
were building Crusader understand guns.
Mazza, I don't know about your "mass drivers" - but the current
state-of-the-art - - and a good about the militarization of space,
was set out in
The Next Battlefield May Be in Outer Space by JACK HITT http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/05/magazine/05SPACEWARS.html
A quote in Hitt's article is worth noting: - "it costs a bar
of gold to put up a coke can."
That very high cost has to be remembered, when people talk
about missile defense, or anything involving space.
It might be possible to do better than that high cost. Cut that
cost tenfold, or a hundred fold, and the cost is still high. But as
the cost goes down, the practicality of space exploration and use
Crusader people, and the Crusader organization, might reasonably
look at doing better than the current cost with a "gun" approach - -
something they know a lot about.
Since Crusader has been cancelled, it might make some sense for
them to do so.
- 09:55pm Jun 15, 2002 EST (#2557
American drug companies work for their shareholders http://sunday.ninemsn.com.au/sunday/cover_stories/article_1080.asp
it seems the USA government puts in FOR FREE much of the background
RESEARCH that enables the drug companies to go on an make new
It would seem (to me) that if the USA government was 'working'
properly - it would acknowledge it's own shareholders - the entire
population, and look after their interests:
An ethical rep should sit for the Government on all drug co
boards - if the people's money is used to develop drugs ... aren't
the people via the publicMedical system entitled to return$$$ ?
Testing of product should be done to a comparable standard
Those who comment on the inefficiency/ineffectiveness/(leading
to statistical deaths) of a product should notNOTnot be bullied by
the drug companies.
- 10:02pm Jun 15, 2002 EST (#2558
Secret plan for N-bomb factory
Berkshire plant will build weapons for use on terrorists, say
Mark Townsend Sunday June 16, 2002 The Observer
A massive nuclear bomb-making factory is being planned for
Aldermaston, raising concern that Britain is heading towards a new
era of atomic weapon production. The plant will be able to test,
design and build a new generation of nuclear bombs. Arms experts
believe it will focus on smaller atomic warheads for use against
terrorist groups and rogue states. ....
Without reading further we all know that if small nukes -
person sized are manufactured - THEY WILL FALL INTO THE WRONG
HANDS!!! """ Labour MP Martin Salter - who claims that
his Reading West constituency lies downwind of Aldermaston - said:
'I am appalled that plans have been drawn up to extend the nuclear
weapons plant at Aldermaston without reference to local
communities, or indeed Parliament.'
- 10:11pm Jun 15, 2002 EST (#2559
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