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Offline STS Tony

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Re: South Africa joins the Space Race
« Reply #1 on: 07/29/2006 07:51 pm »
Does South Africa have a lot of cash, as in can they become another India or China?

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Re: South Africa joins the Space Race
« Reply #2 on: 07/29/2006 08:46 pm »
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STS Tony - 29/7/2006  8:38 PM

Does South Africa have a lot of cash, as in can they become another India or China?

I don't think they are even close to the likes of China.
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Re: South Africa joins the Space Race
« Reply #3 on: 07/29/2006 09:26 pm »
Agreed, but they do have diamond, gold and natural resource wealth, a robust military-industrial complex that trades with Israel and many other nations, an excellent polar-launch potential if it's developed and, according to some reports, "the bomb." They're positioning themselves to be a player, though it seems easier these days to develop WMD than a space-launch capacity.

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Re: South Africa joins the Space Race
« Reply #4 on: 07/29/2006 10:08 pm »
I think south Africa would be a great spot for a launch complex. Think abouth it. There is more than enough water surrounding the area to launch in any of a 270 degree area and have a first stage fall into water to be recovered. Even a polar orbit if you launch to the south.  It could quite easily I think gain from that and trading the aforementioned goods and in turn be quite competitive if given the chance

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RE: South Africa joins the Space Race
« Reply #5 on: 07/30/2006 10:10 am »
I really doubt that SA hast the financial means to afford a participation in the "Space Race".
At the moment SA does not have enough money to afford the completion of their soccer
stadiums for the World Cup 2010, so that I can not see how they could afford a space race.


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Re: South Africa joins the Space Race
« Reply #6 on: 07/30/2006 12:57 pm »
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astrobrian - 29/7/2006  5:55 PM

I think south Africa would be a great spot for a launch complex. Think abouth it. There is more than enough water surrounding the area to launch in any of a 270 degree area and have a first stage fall into water to be recovered. Even a polar orbit if you launch to the south.  It could quite easily I think gain from that and trading the aforementioned goods and in turn be quite competitive if given the chance

Inclinations would be too high to be commercially competitive

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