Re: Space Brexit?
Yep - let's chuck it out of an airlock...
89 posts • joined 28 May 2015
The lorries will be driven by human drivers. Said drivers are at risk of reduced livelihood/jobs if it proves to be a success (and let's face it any sign of success and the bright spark who came up with it will push for use off major roads too).
Why ever would they not do their very darnedest to banjax the trial?
The budget for the Space Shuttle was cut by Congress forcing them to use the SRBs for the launch vehicle and we know how that ended (two Shuttles lost, two crews lost, fleet grounded leaving Russia the only way that astronauts could get to the ISS).
Here's an idea: Make a Congressman a member of the first crewed launch and let's see how they deal with a controlled explosion (hopefully) that has gone to the lowest bidder....
This is the question that no one has asked. The reason being that over the decades UK governments have pared back funding (e.g. MAFF & DEFRA funded research). To keep going, organisations went out for EU grants (and in many cases were extremely successful) and a high % of their funding came from this source. This is why removal could be so damaging.
It will still be possible to get funding from EU still but we have to be partnered by an EU state i.e. passive rather than active applicants....
I have to agree that the OSS operation Paperclip that nabbed 1500 scientists & engineers was better than Operation Osoaviakhim which took >2000 at gunpoint to the Soviet Union.
Some didn't like the Nazis but some were members of the Nazi Party and the SS like von Braun.
Pretty much Hobsons choice for them all - pick a side or pick your firing squad. :-(
Fireball icon for outcome of early launches.
Mice & rats are not men (or women). They are a useful biological model organism but they differ in oh so many ways.
This is why we have long-term human habitation on the ISS with a battery of tests and it will take time to build a body of data that is statistically reliable.
Space will NEVER be totally safe (It's not that safe on Earth for that matter) but it will be as safe
as we can make it.
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