Re: SPACE: Cassini Mission Consequences

Michael Lorrey (
Mon, 22 Sep 1997 22:25:46 -0400 wrote:
> Michael Lorrey wrote:
> > So, essentially, we need to do a return on risk analysis. Since if we
> > were to stop the program right now, replace the RTGs with solar
> > generators (which would quadruple the mass of the probe, due to the high
> > quantity of solar cells needed to handle the low solar flux levels in
> > Saturn orbit), we can easily expect the cost of the project to be ten
> > times what it is now. Rather than a $250 million project, we can expect
> > a cost of at least $2.5 billion. This will either a) annoy the AARP so
> > much that they lobby congress to cancel the project, b) annoy space
> > scientists so much that they push to kill the ongoing Mission to Planet
> > Earth to get back at environmentalists. Figuring now that the risk of 1
> > in a million odds to kill between 100-500 people to now be worth $2
> > billion + means that we are valuing the average human life at between $4
> > to 20 trillion. Is this correct?
> I usually price them by the amount of good meat I can get off the bone.
> --Wax

How much a lb?

			Michael Lorrey
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