[ExI] China to Own the Moon by 2027

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Mon Apr 2 16:29:20 UTC 2012

On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 2:29 AM, BillK <pharos at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 8:32 AM, Adrian Tymes  wrote:
>> Set up guns.  (Railguns, possibly.)  Shoot anything that gets too close.
>> As expensive as it is to send things up now, requiring armor - or
>> powerful enough engines to dodge - would make it far more expensive.
>> If you claim the entire Moon, you don't have to worry about whether
>> anything incoming is going to land in your part or not.
> Heh!  :}
> That only works if you are self-supporting and live on the moon and
> don't have any assets elsewhere that can be attacked.

Or if your assets elsewhere are sufficiently defended, as is the case
with China, and your lunar guards can distinguish desirable incomings
from undesirable.  (Which isn't hard: they can see where on the
Earth things launch from - or at least, China can time its Moon-bound
launches so they're visible to the Moon , so just classify anything that
does not launch from China as undesirable.)

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