[LMB] OT: Arecibo

WILLIAM A WENRICH wawenri at msn.com
Tue Nov 24 22:49:52 GMT 2020

Assembly in orbit has been used in SF practically forever. I’m saddened every time I see the opening of “Enterprise” with its constantly expanding space capabilities.

Christian, husband, father, granddaddy, son, American. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.
William A Wenrich
From: Lois-Bujold <lois-bujold-bounces at lists.herald.co.uk> on behalf of Markus Baur via Lois-Bujold <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk>
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Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: Arecibo

Am 24.11.2020 um 15:29 schrieb WalterStuartBushell:
>> On Nov 24, 2020, at 8:42 AM, Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com> wrote:
>> People who talk about the romance of exploration miss the point that humans
>> cannot be the explorers in space.
>> Matt "Mr. Roboto” G.
> Not with the current technology or any foreseeable technology.
> We need something like the Lyle drive from “Stranger in a Strange Land”.
> I worken in the Vertical Assembly Building where the Saturn V booster was
> built so I have a good understanding about chemical rockets. I don’t think there
> has been any great improvement in chemical rocket propellants since then.
> We haven’t even be able to send a woman to the Moon. NASA did just develop
> a space toilet for women.

yes- better fuel/engines would be nice . but the fuel cost is only a few
ssingle digit % of the tradtional launch costs - the thing that will
have a huge impact on costs is to make the entire launcher reusable,
something that is finally being worked on



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