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Re: Africa to the moon
« Reply #1 on: 05/04/2009 12:10 PM »
I'm all for as many parties involved / competing as possible, bur SURELY those countries have MUCH better things to spend that kind of money on, especially given that most of that spend would inevitably be going abroad?

Food, water, housing, roads, policing, education, AIDS and Malaria drugs, to mention a few.
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Re: Africa to the moon
« Reply #2 on: 05/04/2009 02:50 PM »
I remember a report from 1965 saying that Indonesia had announced that it would be launching people into space within a few (three?) years.   And around 1968 Nigeria announced that it had a team of astronauts training for a domestically-launched space mission.

I think that the latest story is in these categories.
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Re: Africa to the moon
« Reply #3 on: 05/04/2009 03:23 PM »

"We must also go there and say: 'What are you people doing up here?'."

Sounds more like he does not want Africa to be left behind the rest of the developed world. Does not mean a moon program, just saying we need to be part of the reach for the stars. I wonder if they want to cooperate with others?
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Re: Africa to the moon
« Reply #4 on: 05/05/2009 11:49 AM »
Who in Africa, besides South Africa, even has an aerospace industry?
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Re: Africa to the moon
« Reply #5 on: 05/05/2009 12:41 PM »
Who in Africa, besides South Africa, even has an aerospace industry?


Well there was OTRAG in Libya, Italy has launched scouts off the east coast of africa, and both Egypt and Libya have/had scud's...

... I think the speach was more a desire, wish to have an aerospace industrial base. You know the desire to no longer be part of the third world... Noble goals.
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Re: Africa to the moon
« Reply #6 on: 05/06/2009 06:36 AM »
Who in Africa, besides South Africa, even has an aerospace industry?


Well there was OTRAG in Libya, Italy has launched scouts off the east coast of africa, and both Egypt and Libya have/had scud's...

... I think the speach was more a desire, wish to have an aerospace industrial base. You know the desire to no longer be part of the third world... Noble goals.

Well, they need to start at the beginning first.

Build an airplane, sell airplane, use profits to develop more sophisticated airplane, and so on.
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Re: Africa to the moon
« Reply #7 on: 05/06/2009 11:17 AM »
they need to feed their people first...
millions starve to death and they still bother using money in space? that's a joke...a terrible joke...

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Re: Africa to the moon
« Reply #8 on: 05/06/2009 11:55 AM »
It looks like a provocative vision but if it gives an incentive to African countries to collaborate economically also in some down to earth areas it will certainly fight possible starvation. Uganda may be poor but I haven't heard about people starving there, not sure. If not going to the moon they might downscale it - even big space fairing nations do this sometimes - and contribute to a remote sensing mission and get something out of it.

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Re: Africa to the moon
« Reply #9 on: 05/06/2009 12:16 PM »
they need to feed their people first...
millions starve to death and they still bother using money in space? that's a joke...a terrible joke...

And one way out of that is get industry going that creates wealth so they don't have to entirely depend on handouts from the rest of the world for everything from food to cell phones. It's not a joke, no industry, no money for food, no money for food, no incentive to do anything beyond subsistance farming.
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