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2021-01-19 11:19:31 PM  
 
2021-01-19 11:19:51 PM  
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It's already been proven to work, on a smaller scale.
 
2021-01-20 12:03:40 AM  
I don't giving any more money to oil companies is a good idea at all. So siezing the oil rigs for government funded space programs? Yes, as compensation for the damge caused by oil companies. Paying the companies to buy the rigs? Absolutely farking not okay, not even a little bit. Since, we are only going to sieze those assets from them anyhow to cover the damge caused by oil companies. Cut the middle step and let's go to space.
 
2021-01-20 12:11:14 AM  
Great... Do you want to land of *Fear* or *Panic*...
 
2021-01-20 12:12:58 AM  
Good lord...

land on Fear or Panic
 
2021-01-20 12:19:05 AM  

Ian Corrigible: New?

Offshore Magazine, August 1998: Sea Launch's Odyssey launch platform converted from mobile offshore drilling unit


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It's already been proven to work, on a smaller scale.


Sea Launch involves notably fewer rocket landings than we're expecting from SpaceX.
 
2021-01-20 12:22:29 AM  

Bennie Crabtree: I don't giving any more money to oil companies is a good idea at all. So siezing the oil rigs for government funded space programs? Yes, as compensation for the damge caused by oil companies. Paying the companies to buy the rigs? Absolutely farking not okay, not even a little bit. Since, we are only going to sieze those assets from them anyhow to cover the damge caused by oil companies. Cut the middle step and let's go to space.


And down here in reality, where the chances of the US nationalizing and eliminating the oil industry are slightly lower than you might imagine, these got purchased for roughly their scrap value from a bankrupt company.  SpaceX paid about 1% of their original sale price.
 
2021-01-20 12:29:50 AM  
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2021-01-20 1:14:11 AM  
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2021-01-20 4:34:33 AM  

Bennie Crabtree: I don't giving any more money to oil companies is a good idea at all. So siezing the oil rigs for government funded space programs? Yes, as compensation for the damge caused by oil companies. Paying the companies to buy the rigs? Absolutely farking not okay, not even a little bit. Since, we are only going to sieze those assets from them anyhow to cover the damge caused by oil companies. Cut the middle step and let's go to space.


Buying them at $3.5M each is a steal. Even if you were to dismantle them for scrap... you'd still make money.

And they are not dismantling them, they are going to put them to use in a very short time with very little modification.  Building anything similar would cost hundreds of millions.

Its an excellent business decision.
 
2021-01-20 4:37:28 AM  

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... if you're brave enough.
 
2021-01-20 5:46:08 AM  
Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who don't.
 
2021-01-20 7:12:07 AM  
Why not ICMBs into one-time-use space tourist vessels?
 
2021-01-20 7:49:52 AM  

tuxq: Why not ICMBs into one-time-use space tourist vessels?



The Minotaur rocket family is exactly that.  It's built from restacked ICBM components - Minuteman and Peacekeeper missile segments.
 
2021-01-20 7:51:59 AM  
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2021-01-20 7:54:56 AM  

tuxq: Why not ICMBs into one-time-use space tourist vessels?


Inter-Continental Mallistic Bissiles?
 
2021-01-20 10:53:39 AM  

Ian Corrigible: New?

Offshore Magazine, August 1998: Sea Launch's Odyssey launch platform converted from mobile offshore drilling unit


1998?  Farkin' noobs.  The Italians were launching rockets off a converted oil platform in Kenyan back in 1964.
In fact, the first satellite for X-ray astronomy was launched from that platform in 1970.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broglio​_​Space_Center
 
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