Originally posted by bushfriend
Why is the navy intrested in seeing alpha centuri? Why is not the air force spae command in one this?
The Navy has had its hand in space for a long time- remember Project Clementine and Project Orion? It has had a big advantage in deep space
thanks to the nuclear submarine program (heavy structure architecture and radiation shielding, powerplant, life support, computation,
communication, intelligence gathering, deep black operations experience and covert launch capability) and its contractors (General Dynamics is a major
player in both submersibles and spacecraft). The Navy was a prime player in the Moon Base projects of the 1950's, 60's and 70's (Project Lunex) and
provided both logistical support and Astronauts to Apollo. The Air Force has more experience with lightweight structures (aircraft) and short-term
operations (sorties)- which the Navy also has in the carriers.
So the Navy is a major space player. Maybe that's why Roddenberry called it Starfleet Command.
And, it has Marines. May we never need them in
As to why they are interested in seeing it. This is only my opinion; but the military never
does anything without strategic interest
Defensive, offensive, recon, opening of trade or colonization- military interest is military.
At any rate, it seems like this project has passed us by.
Seems. A fascinating word.
I have a feeling we are much farther along in space than is public knowledge. Which is a good thing. Especially if we really
have some sort of
'company' in the neighborhood.
Also fascinating: the Russians would have to be 'in' on this if it went forward secretly using the ISS. Could this have something to do with the
'Alien threat' speeches Reagan gave with Gorbachev?
Bottom line: the Gov't want(ed) to open a keyhole on our neighboring star. The question is why the official interest? I don't think naive simple
curiousity is sufficient reason to punch through a study like this hundreds of years before its time. We don't know
that there aren't small,
Earth-like planets there (publicly) yet. Planets or no, there may be- something- out there. Maybe a signal, or a back-calculated trajectory, something
along the lines Ron Bracewell at Stanford was thinking of.
Keep digging on this.
[edit on 20-6-2005 by Chakotay]