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  •  Perhaps some things will be learned. It's not (0+ / 0-)

    clear to me how many of these things could only be learned by doing this mission in this way, at the cost of around $1 billion. I doubt they will share all the data freely, but I also doubt that they would be able to sell the information they obtain for anything near the cost of the mission. I think when that much money is on the line, a little more clarity is usually a very good idea. It's fine if some richey rich guy wants to spend his money without thinking everything through. But, I'm not sure he should be praised for doing it.

    Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

    by tekno2600 on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 02:42:54 PM PST

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    •  In the near-term, that's probably right. (0+ / 0-)
      I doubt they will share all the data freely, but I also doubt that they would be able to sell the information they obtain for anything near the cost of the mission.
      In the longer term, this may be a signal that they're betting on the future of commercial spaceflight—not only for pleasure cruises, but also for the kinds of missions that could really use the technological tweaks and best practices that could be developed for a Mars flyby, like asteroid mining.

      If the company that owns these secrets patents and licenses them, or becomes the exclusive providers of whatever technological changes they develop, getting either a cut of the profits of any future spaceflight or being the only company that can provide a certain technology could pay off well in the medium- to long-term.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 05:31:54 AM PST

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