posted on May, 14 2004 @ 04:10 PM
You're right about the instability - you'd really want to be super-confident of your technology before you attempted it, wouldn't you?
I think the chief appeal of asteroid habitats is that you wouldn't need to ferry the raw materials into orbit before you could begin construction -
they'd be available in the very rock, just waiting to be refined. Since the push to orbit is the most energy-expensive part of the process (and
therefore financially-expensive too), being able to skip it entirely is a good idea.
It's all speculation, I admit, but plausible...