* Posts by popa

2 posts • joined 28 Jun 2009

Jobs: I'll decide what to do with Apple's $40bn cash pile


Invest in Future Energy Sources

With oil running out he should Invest in future energy sources. Two things he could do to further that end:

(1) invest in a prototype fusion reactor

(2) support development of a commercial launch vehicle to replace the Shuttle. Obama would welcome this idea with open arms. In fact he's as much as said so. He believes heavy lift vehicles belong in the private sector as does mining on the moon. NASA should be doing exploration and science.

There is a synergy between these two since helium-3, the idea fuel for a fusion reactor, is plentiful on the moon.

Buzz Aldrin weighs into NASA


An Economic Basis for Space Exploration

A comprehensive space program is more likely to succeed if, besides scientific value, it provides economic benefit. The moon has been hailed as a rich source of (non-radioactive) helium-3, a proposed fuel for future fusion reactors. Exploitation of the moon for this resource could conceivably replace carbon-based forms of energy with obvious health benefits. It's been estimated that it would take about 15 to 20 tons of Helium-3 to power the U.S for a single year, implying a significant extraterrestrial effort. However, I believe tying extraterrestrial resources to Earth's economy would provide a solid basis for space exploration and development, launching Earth into a new age with benefits not even dreamed of today. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the future. The only question is when.

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