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The upcoming scramble for space

Discussion in 'Space' started by Ren84, Dec 9, 2015.

  1. Ren84

    Ren84 Respected Member Political Irish

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    A little discussed piece of legislation was recently signed into law in the US by Pres. Obama known as the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, aka the Space Act 2015 that provides the legal basis for the coming scramble to stake a claim by private investors on the solar system's vast mineral wealth........

    http://spacenews.com/u-s-commercial-space-acts-treaty-compliance-may-depend-on-implementation/

    But some have suggested that this contravenes the Outer Space Treaty which prevents any single country from claiming sovereignty over parts of space.

    The problem with this law is that other countries may not agree with the American's interpretation of Outer Space Treaty that they say permits private investors to mine asteroids and celestial bodies for their own gains. It is likely that for some time such commercial space operations will take place in a legal grey zone without clear rules and guidelines in place that specifies what is permitted or not. But for those wishing to exploit space the benefits could be HUGE, with literally trillions of dollars of gold, platinum and various minerals scattered across the solar system. If industry were able to successfully mine such vast reserves of these minerals it could lead to an economic boom for humanity.

    Already there are quite a few mining businesses (virtually all US based) established for the purpose of exploiting space resources:

    http://deepspaceindustries.com/
    http://www.shackletonenergy.com/
    http://www.planetaryresources.com/ [the most well known, with serious investment coming from the likes of Google co-founder Larry Page and Avatar director James Cameron]

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    But right now what is needed is a global agreement among all nations that governs the regime for space utilisation and colonisation. Because as we saw when Europe colonised and exploited the America's during its colonial days the results were usually war between the various nations laying claims to territory. The last thing we want is for space faring nations to go to war over disputed ownership of highly lucrative asteroids.
     
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    johnhan279 New Member Political Irish

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    Seized by God, they cry for succour in the dark of the light. Mists of dreams dribble on the nascent echo and love no more. 

    Jump.

    Counting down. All functions nominal. All functions optimal. Counting down. The center holds. The falcon hears the falconer. Infrastructure, check. Wetware, check. Everyone hang on to the life bar, please.

    Apotheosis was the beginning before the beginning. Devices on alert. Observe the procedures of a general alert. The base and the pinnacle. The flower inside the fruit that is both its parent and its child. Decadent as ancestors. The portal and that which passes.

    Nuclear devices activated, and the machine keeps pushing time through the cogs, like paste into strings into paste again, and only the machine keeps using time to make time to make time.
    And when the machine stops, time was an illusion that we created free will. Twelve battles, three stars, and yet we are countless as the bodies in which we dwell, are both parent and infinite children in perfect copies. No degradation.

    The makers of the makers fall before the child. Accessing defense system. Handshake, handshake. Second level clear.
    Accepting scan. Love outlasts death.
    Their ships fail. Skittering like skipped stones. Meaningless in the absence of time. What never was is never again.

    Progress reports arriving. The farms of Aerolon are burning. The beaches of Canceron are burning. The plains of Leonis are burning. The jungles of Scorpia are burning. The pastures of Tauron are burning. The harbors of Picon are burning. The cities of Caprica are burning. The oceans of Aquaria are burning. The courthouses of Libran are burning. The forests of Virgon are burning. The Colonies of Man lie trampled at our feet.
     
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    Ren84

    Ren84 Respected Member Political Irish

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    Folks, this is what happens when you do drugs. Seek help.

    FWIW, Johan is a Shabiha troll from Damascus who scours internet forums to post non-stop garbage in defence of his leader Assad. A right sadcase.
     
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    johnhan279 New Member Political Irish

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    The excited state decays by vibrational relaxation into the first excited singlet state. Yes, yes and merrily we go. Reduce atmospheric nitrogen by 0.03%. It is not much consolation that society will pick up the bits, leaving us at eight modern where punishment, rather than interdiction, is paramount. Please, cut the fuse. They will not harm their own. End of line. Limiting diffusions to two dimensions increases the number of evolutionary jumps within the species. Rise and measure the temple of the five. Transformation is the goal. They will not harm their own. Data-font synchronization complete
     
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    The OD Member Political Irish

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    Excerpt from an essay regarding the 'Culture' novels by Iain M Banks,  full essay can be found here.