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Offline Hop_David

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Re: Gerstenmaier expands on recently announced asteroid mission
« Reply #400 on: 02/20/2015 02:40 PM »
Or putting it another way ARM is a valid mission without astronauts, SLS, Orion and return of the samples.

It could be a test bed for Planetary Resources or DSI. A body whose light lag latency is only 3 seconds. Frequent luanch windows and trip time less than a week.

The trial and error process of developing a new mining technology could proceed at a much faster rate.

Equipment being developed would be robotic. But occasional human presence could be helpful. I would like to see man tended habitat -- a habitat that's not constantly occupied but can accomodate occasional visits.

If there's humans in the picture, I would much rather they'd be delivered by Falcons and Dragons than the SLS and Orion.

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Re: Gerstenmaier expands on recently announced asteroid mission
« Reply #401 on: 02/20/2015 03:08 PM »
Read all your posts with interest Hop. I would like to see some of your ideas on the mining technology. Communications lag of 3 secs with low cost access and weekly round trip times will be a paradigm shift. Care to speculate on the economic side?
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