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Message 542777 - Posted: 8 Apr 2007, 17:03:36 UTC
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Here are some scientific mega projects that come into my mind at the moment:
- Project Cyclops
- Manned Mars-flight
- Fusion reactors
- Post-LHC particle collider
- Rotating space stations
- Interstellar unmanned spacecraft

How much would those 6 projects cost and would it be possible to fund them, if there were no wars in the world?



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Message 542788 - Posted: 8 Apr 2007, 17:45:28 UTC - in response to Message 542777.  

Here are some scientific mega projects that come into my mind at the moment:
- Project Cyclops
- Manned Mars-flight
- Fusion reactors
- Post-LHC particle collider
- Rotating space stations
- Interstellar unmanned spacecraft

How much would those 6 projects cost and would it be possible to fund them, if there were no wars in the world?


You forgot this one: Space elevator

With some info on costings here: Space elevator economics
A space elevator built according to the Edwards proposal is estimated to cost $40 billion. This includes all operating and maintenance costs. If this is to be financed privately, a 15% return would be required ($6 billion annually). The space elevator would lift 2 million kg per year and the cost per kilogram becomes $3,000.


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Message 543619 - Posted: 10 Apr 2007, 5:56:59 UTC - in response to Message 542788.  

Here are some scientific mega projects that come into my mind at the moment:
- Project Cyclops
- Manned Mars-flight
- Fusion reactors
- Post-LHC particle collider
- Rotating space stations
- Interstellar unmanned spacecraft

How much would those 6 projects cost and would it be possible to fund them, if there were no wars in the world?


You forgot this one: Space elevator

With some info on costings here: Space elevator economics
A space elevator built according to the Edwards proposal is estimated to cost $40 billion. This includes all operating and maintenance costs. If this is to be financed privately, a 15% return would be required ($6 billion annually). The space elevator would lift 2 million kg per year and the cost per kilogram becomes $3,000.


Last I heard, some work on the cable material was still needed. Have new materials been developed? I hope so. I would invest in that start-up in a heartbeat, because a space elevator would be a cash cow from the very start of operations!

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Message 544210 - Posted: 11 Apr 2007, 11:06:36 UTC

ooo interesting


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