Not funny anymore
- Feb 6, 2008
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I don't know, it seems still very "artificial" to me... there's no real destination to carry people to. The ISS is a state-funded project and will soon be no more, and not only because of international politics, it is just getting very old. Looks like nations will try to make their own things, probably reviving stuff like Skylab or Salyut at best... The Moon landing thing is... very optimistic at best. I doubt anything really significant will happen before 2030. Maybe a lunar flyby at the very best.
Well, its possible that a commercial location is LEO will get funded. The conditions aren't bad at all, it would be better, if the Europeans would also join the club.
I really think, a near-future commercial spaceflight world with Orbital Reef station and other plans could really be fun to play, because it isn't unrealistic at all and economically not depending on too much lubrication via government money. Maybe even with a lunar village to visit.