Re: NOW:What needs doing

Anders Sandberg (
26 Mar 1999 11:35:54 +0100

CountZero <> writes:

> I've thought for quite a while that one approach might be to find
> (perhaps in NASA's archives) a product that requires 0/micro gravity to
> be produced and attempt to capitalize on that as a means of
> jump-starting a private space effort.
> Another possibility might be to devise a _cheap_ way of accessing
> asteroid resources.

Is it just me, or are there a hint of financial megalomania in most of the proposed projects? Why not try with something more "down to earth", like useful remembrance agents for Windows or an integrated self-transformation program?

> BTW, I've heard that NASA has a fairly complete project worked out
> for a Von Numan Lunar processing facility. Does anyone know anything
> about this or is it just another rumor?

"Fairly complete" - no. Studies, yes:

Advanced Automation for Space Missions, Robert A. Freitas, Jr. and William P. Gilbreath, editors. Proceedings of the 1980 NASA/ASEE Summer Study; sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the American Society for Engineering Education. NASA Conference Publication 2255.

The relevant parts can be found on the web at

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