On 2003-02-05 15:43, Simon wrote:
Well, call it $50 trillion for the cost of the system, and say it reduces lift costs from $22,000 to $50 (not impossible by any means; all it'd cost is electricity and maintainance). So it'd have to lift 2,278 tons to pay for itself. I think that's roughly equivilant to the mass of all the payloads lifted into orbit by the Space Shuttles to date. Of course, it could probably lift that mass in relatively short order.
Someone double-check my math, willya? [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif[/img] And rustle up some investors while you're at it.