Follow the money
> The maiden launch of Boeing's SeaLaunch had already slipped to 1999
> before this announcement, as far as I know?
> Is US industry _every_ going to be able to shake off this interference
> and paranoia? It can't be just the space innovators and crypographers
> who are affected?
> Well Hughes seems to be very eager to complete it's latest telecom
> satellite deal with China and is lobbying the White House big time on
> it. Too bad Congress isn't real happy with the key satellite
> the Chinese Army and its potential use to improve military
> communications to counter dissident activities. My unofficial opinion
> is that Hughes and China can "go pound sand." You don't deal with a
> bully by appeasement ...
> I'm surprised that Kistler hasn't been stopped by now. Sure, they may
> launching from Australia, but you never know if the vehicle may
> accidentially land somewhere unexpected. Like China.
> Call me paranoid, but that is how the U.S. State and Defense
> Come to think of it Kistler is financed largely by Taiwan investors.
> Maybe K-1 will land in China - with a surprise payload - D'OH! :)
Fascinating info, Mark, about the funding sources for some of our space
launch deals.As they used to say in the Watergate investigation;
"follow the money". It still holds true.
Speaking of money; communications and power (photovoltaics or Wireless
Power Transfer) to high flying vehicles, the leading commercial company
doing that is probably a new company called SkyStation. They are about
to start building some rather
large platforms in the sky at 70,000 ft (21 km) for broadband
communications (47 GHz) services to cities. They will each have One
Megawatt PV arrays to gather sunshine during the day. They might be an
excellent candidate for WPT from the ground to
their platforms, but they are currently planning to use fuel cells for
overnight powering. Weight is an issue, but, following the money,
Unisolar, one of the world's largest PV makers, is a prime
investor, so it's easy to understand their prejudice for PV.
Re: Follow the money
From: Sam Coniglio <sconiglio@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>