Comments on: Why the startup space race is good for you Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:11:41 +0000 hourly 1 By: carlmartel Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:08:50 +0000 Instead of floating platform landings, Mr. Musk should try inflatable flotation devices on rocket boosters similar to NASA technology for reusable Shuttle booster rockets. Floating at sea allows recovery without precision landings on platforms.
Space’s long term goal is the asteroid belt, an unformed planet. Resources on Earth are limited to its outer 1 mile of 1/3 of the planet because oceans, Earth’s molten core, and global politics interfere. Rockets sent to asteroids can return them to low Earth orbit for exploitation and increase Earth’s resource base by 402,000% without fighting wasteful wars. Joint stock companies let nations invest to share resources, profits, and costs. Asteroids that pass close to Earth can allow capture and tests of exploitation technology for the future.