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Old July 5th, 2018, 05:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Straybow View Post
A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon we're talking real money. And then you find out a billion isn't a billion any more.


It takes two billion bucks for a B-2 stealth bomber. When you say "sungate" I'm thinking a megaconstruct that would be planetary GDP scale, 100+ trillion. When you say STL travel to another star, I'm thinking that cost would be comparable. We've never made anything that can function for decades without external support. All our high tech stuff needs constant attention at thousands of dollars per operational hour per ton and a full-time expert maintenance crew.
The Voyager probes are still functional... except that their power curve is below full operation levels. Pioneer 10 is thought to be still semi-functional, but is beyond contact range. All three are over 40 years old...
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