posted on Mar, 21 2004 @ 08:54 PM
I'm assuming that you are referring to electromagnetic launching devices that set the ships onto rails, then move them really fast along the rails
which gradually move upwards and then slope straight, shooting the object off into space.
First off, the equator would be a bad idea because our atmosphere is not spherical, the same as the earth. The equatorial atmosphere is nearly twice
as high as the polar atmosphere, causing a hell of a lot more resistance.
Second Off, rail guns aren't things that the world is ready to just 'set up' and start making. They would be massively expensive to create. You
would probably counter this by saying that that is where the 'third world > superpowers' bit comes in, but the thing is, they need starting cash,
how do you get starting cash? Investors. How do you get investors? By marketing your product to rich people. Where are the rich people? Not in these
countries, they remain dirt poor while the 'Free World' benefits.
Third Off, getting into space is useless without a means of return, this means we require good spacefaring vehicles, which are capable of easy
transfer into our atmosphere, and landing. Now these cost money folks. Big money. Enough money that it will not just start costing dollars to get
into space. Unless, of course, hundreds of thousands of people are willing to buy these spacevehicles, then the cost plummets dramatically, but now we
need more launchers, oh, and what about airfare and transportation of spacevehicles to the launchpads in AFRICA? That'll cost a ton, and the massive
amount of training it would take to operate these, as well as the experience it would take to keep from crashing into anything once there are hundreds
of thousands of us up there, and to land the craft.
Now we need a reason for them to go up repeatedly, why would anyone pay to go up more than once? They've been there, done that. We need
infrastructure, people, TONS more money needed here.
I'm sorry Amuk, but a couple of Railguns built in Africa will not put the whole damned solar system into our grasp within 50 years. Lets see if we
get cold fusion in 50 years, that'll make solar domination simple.