Re: SPACE: Is ISS a boondoggle?, was Re: SPACE: Why so much EVAonISS? (fwd)

From: Robert J. Bradbury (
Date: Thu Mar 22 2001 - 14:01:03 MST

On Thu, 22 Mar 2001, Ken Clements wrote:

> Now Robert, you know that the fact that water gives you rocket fuel does not
> logically imply that not having water means not having rocket fuel.

Yes of course, but in this (rare) instance I was assuming no-nanotech.
I think I was commenting on Anders' game setup, which sounded like
there was no nanotech. My Asteroid Mining Robot also doesn't need
nanotech (just lots of good microtech). We also don't have rockets
that use TNT or C + O2 for fuel. Yes we have ion drives but the
thrust is pretty low. I was basically trying to parallize the
development paths -- we *can* go to space before nanotech with
microtech (and if we are clever about it, we can probably do
it without involving the government).


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