AnimeMun wrote:I was actually mentioning this concept with my biological father the other day. Because of the current state of the economy and such things like that. An issue I'm sure was prevalent in 00's world as well considering some of the talk from the Union president in S1 about it finally getting stabilized. They probably ended up doing for their space programs what they did are going to end up doing for our future space programs, dependence upon private investors and contractors. Like I've mentioned a bit earlier, Virgin International just succeeded with initial testing of their own space shuttle and final roll out is occuring next year. Chances are several other entrepenuers may be considering their own space programs.
I'm sure that this next decade will be full of several privately funded shuttles being drafted, built, and tested. When NASA will need to transport goods into space they will outsource to one of these companies and astronauts will be going transported as such.
I would imagine that some will even start work on something more colonizeable starting 50 years from now so some of us may see the beginning of at least space colonies. Although our children will probably end up being the residents of those initial colonies and our great grand-children working on something like the orbital elevator project.
I think there are hints that ended up happening in 00: there is at least one linear train company who's name escapes me… um… wait… it's coming to me… Laguna Harvey ran it. But the company exists, and seems to lend some credence to the idea of privately-funded space travel. Moreover, everyone uses the elevators, civilians and military alike: the military probably gets a discount rate, though. And Celestial Being is probably secretly funded by a number of companies, though I remember some reference to Veda manipulating the stock markets to fund CB and Tieria not wanting to do that anymore. A whole lot of funding could be hidden in forty-fifty years of economic upheaval as the elevators are being built. And I thought the economy stabilizing line was referring to the economy stabilizing after the massive expense of the elevators being built, not because of our own economic problems. I'd be very worried about the future if they're still dealing with the current problem 300 years in the future.
Newtype87 wrote:Now, I don't know how space elevators would be built, but I think the geosynchronous station needs to be built first, and then the "cable" run down to Earth to both hold it in place and let the cabs move up and down. I guess that the moon would have been mined for resources, or possibly all of those asteroids hanging around in orbit that Celestial Being keeps using as bases are remnants from the early days of the space elevator's construction.
The asteroids were taken from somewhere else I believe (possibly the asteroid belt)
, done for mining resources for colony development(mentioned in S1-14 note1)
; so using those for the OE sounds like a good thing to do especially for the post atmosphere parts. They've never mentioned resources being mined from the moon from what I remember, although I'm not ruling it out.
Note1:The episode never mentioned where they were taken from, they just mentioned that they were mineral satellites transported there for the purposes of colony development.
Yeah, actually, colony development to handle a burgeoning population makes a lot of sense. We know that they have a few colonies, but it likely got to the point that power was more of a pressing concern. I'm sure that those space colonies were vital in the design and construction of the elevators. Sort of like how the O'Neill stations were intended to assist with the construction of higher-numbered models.
Newtype87 wrote:It is worth noting that we can no longer build Saturn V rockets or Delorean cars.
All we need to do is go back to in time and bring more over. >_>
I'm sure that GN particles can do that too. *winks*
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