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August 28, 2007

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F*, I want the follow up on Prong #3. The other crap he tossed out was boilerplate. Offshore floating LNG terminals to move downstream? That cockamamie OPEC-for-Gas that the Russians were talking about? What?

Re: African space program. The last non-South African one which had serious backing was OTRAG, Germans in Zaire using bundled pipe rockets in the 1970s. (You may only think the word 'fasces' here.) One cunning way they planned on reducing costs was to use mass-produced off-the-shelf items, like windshield washer pumps for fuel lines.

I don't know about you, but I don't trust those on a car that much, let alone with rocket fuel in them.

Anyway, with the current elasticity of demand for travel to orbit somewhat lower than flights on business class, even if they could reduce costs by a factor of ten, it wouldn't do a whole lot.

Back to Trinidad -- my aunt's name, incidentally.

The last non-South African one which had serious backing was OTRAG, Germans in Zaire using bundled pipe rockets in the 1970s.

o.0

That's scary.

Very scary.

Weird story,indeed. Intersting (and critical) article (in german, but with lots of pictures:
http://www.bernd-leitenberger.de/otrag1.shtml )

"You may only think the word 'fasces' here."

Heh. Heh heh.

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