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3 years ago  ::  Mar 29, 2011 - 8:57PM #31
Yavanna
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Mar 29, 2011 -- 5:35PM, allthegoodnamesweretaken wrote:


I think your missing the boat by thinking it should be up to NASA. 


Tell the corporations that the first one to send a man to the asteroids will have exclusive rights to them for a decade. 


Have them pave the way, and incur the expense, and let them have a chunk of the profit for it.  Once they've figured out how to do it, and have proven that they know how, open it up for everyone. 


 


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3 years ago  ::  Mar 30, 2011 - 1:31AM #32
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Mar 29, 2011 -- 5:35PM, allthegoodnamesweretaken wrote:

I think your missing the boat by thinking it should be up to NASA. 


Tell the corporations that the first one to send a man to the asteroids will have exclusive rights to them for a decade. 


Have them pave the way, and incur the expense, and let them have a chunk of the profit for it.  Once they've figured out how to do it, and have proven that they know how, open it up for everyone.



Works in theory. The problem is that major corporations tend (as a generality, not a rule) to be risk-averse, unwilling to risk investment on a potential profit rather than taking the certain one right now.

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3 years ago  ::  Mar 30, 2011 - 9:43AM #33
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I agree, Ebon.  Unless asteroids can somehow be classed as "low hanging fruit", it is doubtful a corporate entity will take the risk.

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3 years ago  ::  Mar 30, 2011 - 12:20PM #34
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Mar 30, 2011 -- 1:31AM, Ebon wrote:


Works in theory. The problem is that major corporations tend (as a generality, not a rule) to be risk-averse, unwilling to risk investment on a potential profit rather than taking the certain one right now.




 


They are risk adverse, unless the potential reward out weights the risk. 

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3 years ago  ::  Mar 30, 2011 - 12:34PM #35
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Slight Problem, though, also with THAT Arrangement ...


Where is it Written than any particular National Government has The Right or Authority to assign Mining Rights (on an Asteroid or on The Moon) to some Corporation ... ???


The USA does NOT "own" Outer Space ...


Mar 30, 2011 -- 1:31AM, Ebon wrote:


Mar 29, 2011 -- 5:35PM, allthegoodnamesweretaken wrote:

I think your missing the boat by thinking it should be up to NASA. 


Tell the corporations that the first one to send a man to the asteroids will have exclusive rights to them for a decade. 


Have them pave the way, and incur the expense, and let them have a chunk of the profit for it.  Once they've figured out how to do it, and have proven that they know how, open it up for everyone.



Works in theory. The problem is that major corporations tend (as a generality, not a rule) to be risk-averse, unwilling to risk investment on a potential profit rather than taking the certain one right now.





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3 years ago  ::  Mar 30, 2011 - 1:55PM #36
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Mar 30, 2011 -- 12:34PM, teilhard wrote:


Slight Problem, though, also with THAT Arrangement ...


Where is it Written than any particular National Government has The Right or Authority to assign Mining Rights (on an Asteroid or on The Moon) to some Corporation ... ???


The USA does NOT "own" Outer Space ...






 


Minor inconvenience.  They can just claim it.  It worked for the Europeans.......

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3 years ago  ::  Mar 30, 2011 - 1:58PM #37
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Mar 30, 2011 -- 1:55PM, allthegoodnamesweretaken wrote:


Mar 30, 2011 -- 12:34PM, teilhard wrote:


Slight Problem, though, also with THAT Arrangement ...


Where is it Written than any particular National Government has The Right or Authority to assign Mining Rights (on an Asteroid or on The Moon) to some Corporation ... ???


The USA does NOT "own" Outer Space ...






 


Minor inconvenience.  They can just claim it.  It worked for the Europeans.......




Yeah, but what effect will Smallpox-infested blankets have on asteroids?

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3 years ago  ::  Mar 30, 2011 - 2:02PM #38
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 ... who then will "Sell" It to The [ ................. ] ...


{  ... some Guy in a Dark Alley near a Street Corner ... "Pssssst ... !!!  Hey ... !!! Yeah, YOU ... !!! Wanna buy an Asteroid ... ???  CHEAP ... !!!  SURE ... It's 'legit' ' ... I got all the Papers right here ... You'd be a CHUMP to pass up a Deal this good ... " }


Mar 30, 2011 -- 1:55PM, allthegoodnamesweretaken wrote:


Mar 30, 2011 -- 12:34PM, teilhard wrote:


Slight Problem, though, also with THAT Arrangement ...


Where is it Written than any particular National Government has The Right or Authority to assign Mining Rights (on an Asteroid or on The Moon) to some Corporation ... ???


The USA does NOT "own" Outer Space ...






 


Minor inconvenience.  They can just claim it.  It worked for the Europeans.......





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3 years ago  ::  Mar 30, 2011 - 2:21PM #39
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Mar 30, 2011 -- 1:58PM, Christianlib wrote:


Yeah, but what effect will Smallpox-infested blankets have on asteroids?





I'm sure they'd figure out something higher tech. 


 


Maybe something like motion triggered nukes, or something. 

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3 years ago  ::  Mar 30, 2011 - 2:22PM #40
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Mar 30, 2011 -- 2:02PM, teilhard wrote:


 ... who then will "Sell" It to The [ ................. ] ...


{  ... some Guy in a Dark Alley near a Street Corner ... "Pssssst ... !!!  Hey ... !!! Yeah, YOU ... !!! Wanna buy an Asteroid ... ???  CHEAP ... !!!  SURE ... It's 'legit' ' ... I got all the Papers right here ... You'd be a CHUMP to pass up a Deal this good ... }







 


Sell?  That implies buy.  They just take. 

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