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    The US Space Programme and profit

    Post  relict on Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:28 pm

    I was intrigued by feigeleh's comment about the above being the only federally funded programme in the history of the US to make a profit.

    While reading more I found:

    Anti-gravity treadmills (I want one!)

    Pico projectors

    Star-mapping algorithm used as pattern-matching system to identify and track endangered wildlife

    Wind energy technology

    Environmentally friendly thermal insulation strips for building insulation

    Satellite-respondent buoys that identify ocean debris by monitoring currents

    Mobile instruments, used by numerous climate change laboratories, that measure atmospheric pollutants

    Aircraft-mounted cloud particle imagers enabling climate predictions and research

    Satellite feature detection systems helping researchers study the effects of population growth and climate change
    on crop field acreage, flood zones, and plant cover

    Handheld plant chlorophyll meters used to determine the nutrient needs of crops and turfs

    Cheaper and better nanotubes for solar power, low-energy lighting etc.

    Compact heat-potential measuring instruments that helped in the design of neonatal intensive care units


    ... and much much more very cool stuff

    (last year's Spinoff magazine)

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    Re: The US Space Programme and profit

    Post  Diaz on Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:21 pm

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    Re: The US Space Programme and profit

    Post  relict on Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:48 pm

    Diaz wrote:feigeleh may well be propagating myths

    Actually, I don't recall him having any argument to show the space programme profit, and I couldn't understand how it could be true, even after reading the 2009 Spinoff. And I've already once told feigeleh what I think of his habitual overstating language. I don't have a lot of opinions on Obama yet (early days) but he seems a lot better than Bush (from my very limited knowledge).

    Diaz wrote:the government as a whole is so far in the red that it’s starting to interfere with microwave transmissions

    Hehe!
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    Re: The US Space Programme and profit

    Post  Wizz on Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:33 pm

    Thank-you relict and Diaz. I too wondered how the profit was being made ( or whether any really was).

    I am very surprised to learn that teflon has been around for so long!

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    Re: The US Space Programme and profit

    Post  Diaz on Sat Feb 13, 2010 3:09 am

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    Re: The US Space Programme and profit

    Post  rogercamel on Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:31 am

    Diaz, I found that same article in my argument with feigeleh on SC. He dismissed it as only one persons opinion despite my pointing out that it referenced and linked real data from the governmental departments involved. He then resisted to give me references to his information "based on testimony given, under oath, to the United States Congress" which turned out to be from 1979.

    Nasa makes a lot of cool stuff, but so do many other places. It actually reminded me of this cool stuff aerogel which wasn't invented by Nasa but they have worked on. The one of the lightest solids known to man, has extremely good insulating properties... and it just looks so cool Smile.
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    Re: The US Space Programme and profit

    Post  relict on Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:15 am

    rogercamel wrote:aerogel

    Woooow! I want some!

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    Re: The US Space Programme and profit

    Post  Diaz on Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:46 am

    "based on testimony given, under oath, to the United States Congress"

    Next he'll be telling us politicians never lie......
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    Re: The US Space Programme and profit

    Post  rogercamel on Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:22 pm

    He doesn't need to have lied for this to be irrelevant.

    a) this information was from 1979... thats over 30 years ago, way outdated.
    b) I don't fully understand why someone needed to state under oath in congress that NASA was the only government department making a profit... wouldn't numbers just show this? Or is it something else he stated.

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    Re: The US Space Programme and profit

    Post  Diaz on Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:34 pm

    No idea, really but it's an indicator it's a fake quote. It doesn't need to make sense.

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