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Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:49 pm
by Giorgio
No doubt, the gap is more than large and the advances needed are huge.
But I think also that most of the needed tech will arrive in short time once the base technology is proven and you actually have an application for those technologies that you need to research.

93143 wrote:In space, on the other hand... have you heard of the NAUTILUS-X? You know, NASA's proposed modular exploration ship with the swappable propulsion section?


Yes, pretty bold design. I like the idea of using inflatable modules (finally!) and the centrifugal section. I didn't like the dependence on photovoltaic modules for power generation.
Anyhow, I doubt we will ever see it due to the actual US budget crisis.
I really hope to be wrong on this one.....