Friday, May 05, 2006

Addition to the Carnaby Blogroll

Carnaby, as you know, is an aerospace engineer with a specialty in control systems -- I keep telling him he oughta ask Burt Rutan for a job when he graduates from his PhD program. Because space travel is gonna be big. HUGE. Space is the next frontier, and maybe by the time things become unbearable in the U.S. (as they already are everywhere else in the world) people the world over who are looking for more opportunities and freedom will be able to strike out for space the same way they struck out for the New World centuries ago.

Just think of it... New Plymouth on the moon! wagon trains to Mars!

Lest you think I'm suffering from a fit of geekiness, check out Spaceports. Jack's got the inside scoop on the dreams-to-reality of global spaceports and the burgeoning space-travel industry. Click on over. I know I'll be checking in on a regular basis.


Blogger Francis W. Porretto said...

I would advise against aiming to site a new free nation on a planetary body. History has demonstrated that real estate of that sort has a vulnerability problem, owing to its immobility.

If space is to give birth to new, free societies, the best odds will go with those that are mobile: either small rocky bodies or spacecraft. They're hard to surround and harder to catch. Of course, people are designed to live in Earthlike conditions, which poses another set of problems, but one thing at a time, especially on a Saturday.

5/06/2006 2:48 AM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

It's an interesting point you bring up. I'm not too worried about the feasibility. If the likes of 2001 and Silent Running have taught us anything (and they have!), it's that humans can recreate earth-like conditions on a spacecraft. :-)

5/06/2006 8:48 AM  

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