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Old 04-18-2012, 09:33 PM
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Default Is asteroid mining in our near future?

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Old 04-19-2012, 03:43 AM
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Given that we still break orbit via burning a gargantuan amount of hydrogen I fail to see the efficiency of such projects. Even if we develop a better space flight technology and even if resources get very scarce down here recycling might still be more efficient than digging up some asteroids.
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What horatio said, though I have to add that we already have Ion drives, we just need to increase their sizes and use those as future propellants over the current rocket launches.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:30 AM
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Yeah, seems like it would be extremely cost prohibitive at current tech levels. Who would foot the bill?
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A pipe dream for the moment.
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