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  •  Wouldn't sell it directly like that. (1+ / 0-)
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    Vladislaw

    Even intelligent people mostly don't understand in their bones that they live in an infinite cosmos.  They see things linearly rather than systemically, and see space as a curiosity or digression from the point rather than the context in which human life operates.  I would take an agnostic approach to salesmanship - say whatever gets them on board, and they'll understand once they're out there and the future starts rushing toward us.

    Once there is a commercial habitat and one launch company independant of NASA, I think it is going to happen in spite of the government.

    I doubt it.  If there is only or two, they'll become lazy and institutionalized, losing their will to innovate or reduce costs, and the up-front investment to go after their market share will still be way out of startup range.

    Yearn for the horizon.

    by Troubadour on Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 06:32:41 PM PST

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    •  if there is only one or two (0+ / 0-)

      and they are generating extra normal profits, that is the key. Capital automatically flows there. If they get fat and lazy competition will over take them. In this case it would be the chinese or India. If an american firm can do it and make extra normal profits, they would have even a greater ROI because of the labor rates. I believe they are looking at moving their space program into the commercial sector faster then we did.

      •  This is all taking way too long. (1+ / 0-)
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        DOS could fulfill an important function by accelerating progress through raw cash.  Just keep the market continually flooded with development money so anyone with a serious plan can take a serious shot, and all sorts of wondrous things will happen.  Then we don't have to wait a decade for current firms to reach maturity, then another decade for India and China to respond, then another decade for that to feedback and improve the system, etc.

        Yearn for the horizon.

        by Troubadour on Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 07:19:00 PM PST

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        •  now that is what I used to say when I first (0+ / 0-)

          started commenting on space blogs. I was always shouted down as being a dreamer and not realistic.

          Personally, I see no reason, other then political will and leadership, America csn't pump 150 billion a year into creating a vibrant commercial space economy. But as I was told over and over, it just isn't going to happen. If the Bush Administration would have spent a trillion of that 5 trillion of debt we would have a new sector now.

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