posted on Aug, 20 2018 @ 01:37 PM
a reply to: andy06shake
In general, that is my contention as well Andy. I know not much about the tech but doing what you suggest seems to me to be the logical course of
development. Establish a function low earth presence first. This could take the form of a solid ''station'' and ''way station'' for further
endeavors. A place there fabrication and assembly could reasonablly take place. Even nano production and 3d manufactureing.
The problem with that idea is that a major facility in near earth orbit would be a huge target for foreign or terrorist forces. This then is why I see
the necessity for not only a space program based on individual nations or even private enterprise but rather needs to be pursued as an international
project, a unified human achievement.
I think that friends need to go to space and not adversaries. One of the aspects of this type of program would be a realisitic defense system. This
is why I am not completely against the notion of Spaaaaaace Forrrrrrrce. But not on a national basis, but one that would serve as a defensive measure
for an international, inter governmental, private enterprise.
Then on to Mars, sure. Back when the US went to the moon, the moon was used as ''the dream'' the goal that inspired public support for the space
program, it got all the people of the nation to rally in support. What it got us was a larger field of corporate tech to sell us back here on earth.
Not a bad thing so much but still all those satellites for communication and entertainment are owned by only a few companies.
And what have we or any one done on the moon? Nada. Same goes for Mars. I think it to be that''golden apple'' that is being used to gain support for
our nationalistic dreams which if my suppositions above are true is all it is, a pipe dream.
So yeah, we need a realistic near earth presence capable of serving all of us and not just a few.
And the ''elevator'' concept is to my study, just a concept. I think that to build one we need to have advanced more technologically as well as
international cooperation. That too would be such a huge target for those who want to destroy rather than build.
I say le'ts find all the people who want to build and work together across borders and get this done.