It's a political problem. After all Mark is the project manager for the
shuttle external tank. NASA can't challenge him on the technical or
even the financial viability of utilizing the ETs on orbit. The problem
is that cheap ET stations (the ET is essentially delivered to orbit for
free) like Geode threaten ISS funding, so a government project using ETs
is a non-starter. And if a private company proposed a commercial ET
station (several have tried), Lockheed Martin, the ET builder would
extort such a high price for building and/or modifying an ET that it
wouldn't be profitable (and then you still would have to convince NASA
to let you do this to "their" precious shuttle). Geode and many of the
other ET space station proposals are good ideas caught in the political
crossfire of the "space program". Time to change the channel.
Sam Coniglio wrote:
> Excellent job! I love the full color images of the GEODE space station.
> Too bad NASA won't take him seriously.
Mark Reiff <mreiff1@xxxxxxxxxx>
Gratuitous political statement, look here ->
"I think we are all trying too hard to push space
versus finding the pulls that attract people and their money."
"The heavens reward great deeds, not excuses."
From: Samuel Coniglio <sconiglio@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Peter Wainwright <pan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Re: New in archive
From: Sam Coniglio <sam123@xxxxxxxxxxxx>