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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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Billionaires decide the time has come to commercialise space:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17827347
Posted April 24, 2012, 21:50:44 PM Logged
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Offline sybershot
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If I had the money, I would invest in this.
Good for them, there not listening to the skeptics out there.
Posted April 25, 2012, 16:57:56 PM Logged

Offline Snowcrash
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The road to space mining will be a rocky one (pun intended).

The sooner we take the first step, the sooner we'll realise our space fairing dreams.

It will always be 'too expensive' or 'not comercially viable' until we get up there and make it cheaper. Good on them for their foresight and imagination. Here's hoping it's not a pink elephant.
Posted May 07, 2012, 15:12:16 PM Logged
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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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Spot on Snowy, the only way for something to become cheaper is to commercialise it.

Space is starting to go that way at last and is slowly coming out of being the sole preserve of governments, hopefully we can start to see some big strides made in the near future.
Posted May 13, 2012, 15:00:00 PM Logged
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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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And now a second company is coming to the party:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21144769
Posted January 23, 2013, 09:23:39 AM Logged
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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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Posted January 29, 2013, 11:55:32 AM Logged
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Offline Snowcrash
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There's no adverts on that page. Still don't see why we're not allowed to see it.
Posted January 29, 2013, 15:30:56 PM Logged
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Offline Snowcrash
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I did like the quote at the end...

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This whole business is much too important to be left to the federal Government
Posted January 30, 2013, 00:08:26 AM Logged
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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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And is completely correct, now that space is starting to commercialese I suspect we will start to see more raprid progress over the next 2 - 3 decades due to competition, how long to you think that the big aviation compaines will sit back and allow the upstarts to build a lead over them in this arena!!
Posted January 30, 2013, 10:48:49 AM Logged
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Offline Snowcrash
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Though you're not taking into account the financial failier of all the western economies.  Lips Sealed
Posted January 30, 2013, 11:13:23 AM Logged
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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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While it has been deep and hard (hmmm that sounded bad!!) it will pass and plenty of big corporations still have plenty of money snowy
Posted January 31, 2013, 23:39:16 PM Logged
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