[ExI] Gold

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Wed May 29 21:30:00 UTC 2013



From: extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org
[mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of Adrian Tymes
> On Sun, May 26, 2013 at 4:43 PM, Adrian Tymes <atymes at gmail.com> wrote:

>..Not necessarily.  They may have a large ratio, but
let us say it costs $10,000 to lift a human and tools
to do a job, but only $1 to lift a robot and tools.


I don't think the ratio is 1000 to 1, but it is big.  Any time you build a
payload for a non-man-rated launcher, you only need to be as careful as the
value of the payload and rocket.  If you design anything that is going into
the bay of a space shuttle, it is a paaaainnn in the aaaaaasssss.  All the
hoops you need to jump thru, all the safety reviews, oy, not worth it.
Control systems are getting sophisticated enough now that manned space
flight doesn't make much sense anymore.


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