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A hypersonic glider

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  • derhexer@aol.com
    URL to an article in MSNBC _http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10473484/_ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10473484/) It is not hard to see this as an important link in
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 15, 2005
      URL to an article in MSNBC

      It is not hard to see this as an important link in the commercialization of
      - Build a space station or Lunar base
      - Send a ship from the base to land on a nickel-iron asteroid
      - Nudge that asteroid into orbit around Earth
      - Build a giant solar mirror
      - Use the energy of the Sun to melt and refine the metals from the asteroid
      - Ship the metals down to the Earth's surface using the glider
      - Buy Bill Gates with your pocket change

      You could also capture a carbonaceous chondritic asteroid
      - Use the solar mirror to refine the hydrocarbons into long-chain
      - Ship the long-chain hydrocarbons (gas?) to the surface using the glider
      - Buy Bill Gates and the entire Senate with your pocket change

      If we were talking about a few cubic yards of metals, this would not be
      feasible at all, but if you can move and mine asteroids, you are now talking
      about cubic miles of refined materials

      Charles Sheffield mentioned this in his Web Between The Worlds. This sort
      of asteroid mining is also mentioned in Pournelle's collection of articles
      Life Among the Asteroids, Calder's Spaceships of the Mind, articles written for
      the L 5 Society, articles and books by Professor David Criswell,. some good
      references in _http://www.hobbyspace.com/Links/spaceLife2.html_
      another good article in

      First few paragraphs

      By Alan Boyle
      Science editor
      Updated: 8:17 a.m. ET Dec. 15, 2005


      Alan Boyle
      Science editor


      For years, rocketeer Geoff Sheerin has been hitching his star to a
      60-year-old rocket design — the German V-2 rocket, which was adapted by the Soviets
      and Americans after World War II, then adapted again for Sheerin's Canadian
      Arrow project.
      The suborbital Canadian Arrow hasn't yet gotten off the ground, but Sheerin
      and his new business partner, Chirinjeev Kathuria, have added another project
      to their PlanetSpace portfolio: a space glider called the Silver Dart, which
      is inspired by a 40-year-old design that was developed by Air Force
      researchers, only to be abandoned.
      "We've gone 20 years ahead," Sheerin told MSNBC.com half-jokingly in advance
      of Thursday's announcement. He and Kathuria, an Indian-American
      entrepreneur, plan to turn the 1960s-era FDL-7 hypersonic glider design into a proposal
      for NASA's latest program to commercialize transport services for the
      international space station.

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