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Originally posted by uberarcanist
I think market concerns should and will ultimately drive the expansion into space just as it did the vast exploration drive during the renaissance. Furthermore, having many nations in competition will hardly ruin anything, as it hardly ruined anything then.
Originally posted by Terran Blue
Sir Richard Branson, for example, looks to be one of the first corporate bosses to seriously lay down plans for space based business. His angle may be transport (Virgin Galactic), but there are other sectors of industry that other corporations could get into with gusto if they actually realised the potential profits.
Originally posted by aylyan
I think they realise the potential profits but are hamstrung by gumbyment regulation.These pencil-neck mouth breathers are all over you every step of the way,quadrupling development costs(the other 3/4 going to the recruitment and upkeep of more red-tapers)
Branson wants to develop space tourism?.."hmm,we'll need a whole new branch of the pencil-neck army to deal with this".While you're there,inform us of any useful developments so that we can use it as soon as we find them "in breach" of ..rule 4 million part c