Orbit Fab - Gas stations in space

edwest2

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Uh... if you say so.

 

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It's happening - at least.
Every single smart idea invented since the dawn of the space age - but grounded by "10 000 $ per pound launch cost to orbit" for decades - is on the table again, this time for real.
I spent countless hours since 2002 filling my HD with a crapton of tech papers. Now the time has come.
What a time to be alive.
 

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I watched, starting in the early 1970s, various X-plane and space projects disappear for no reason I could discover. Today, B-52s and U-2s still fly as if the late 1950s was the best we could do. Landing on the moon was great but as time passed, mission after mission to Mars appeared and disappeared. Mission to Mars by 2010? Didn't happen. Better boosters? Not really. Reusable boosters? OK.

Going back to the Moon? I won't believe it until the first astronauts are on their way.
 

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no but it would be a great asset to long range missions being able to refuel in orbit and have alot of burn time for orbital slingshotting towards mars, jupiter and such and emergency manuevers put a suborbital station at mars for a sample return mission
 

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