Mark and everyone.
> I think it is very tangential to the intent for which this list
> was created.
Maybe, but there are politer ways of expressing that point of view.
sf-discuss is for any space related issues; the prefered bias is
towards tourism/private enterprise/people in space, that's all.
My own thoughts: Military applications of space vehicles is relevant
both because it can lead to new civilian-applicable technologies,
but might also serve to stifle them - remember what happened to the
British HOTOL. Playing the 'military' card could be a very effective
way of slowing down public access to space for a long time. Then
again, the DC-X was an SDIO program, and that arguably started
the whole ball rolling, as well as stinging NASA into creating the
X33 (and then not awarding it to MDD).
> I'll defer to Peter to determine whether your rants are too much or
> are value added.
Actually I find Dejan's postings to be interesting and informative.
I may not totally agree with everything he says, but that's the
point of a debate. If we could have one, I'd be very happy...
At it happens, I just received a longish item on a similar
subject which I was considering posting for general interest - I'll
see if I can dig it up out of the huge pile of email I have here.
Peter Wainwright Cybrid Technology Ltd. Peter.Wainwright@xxxxxxxxxx
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