Merah is right.
A Space elevator would figuratively dispense of a lot of issues sending processed goods in the heavens. Of course there are resources up there (asteroids, titanium on moons etc) but a refinery / manufacturing plants IN The heavents to build bigger things is idea. (Yes you can drop it all back down to earth as raw materials also).
One major if this wasnt a global effort (IE if private enterprise was allowed, then the distance between rich and poor is out of control, forever, especially if they can send themselves up there. (Assuming capitalism stays effectively the same). This means that "little girl that wants a dream come true" just sees others having that dream. A dream that "humanity can do it" and "I want to be part of it" are VERY different objectives. What peoples dreams are is that "I want to be part of this, I want to be part of the exploration team". The little girl/boy dream of "Space exploration" isnt satisfied if someone says "We met an alien race that can and does but will not share it with you OH we also have some super rich people/companies that can but they are not interested in bringing you on for the ride, why aren't you smiling ?"
Best option with current know how and capitalistic focus is material engineering (Trying to make new exotic materials to see what they can do / can give immediate returns but not build any craft yet with what we have already.
As far as "space exploration isnt a waste of cash gave us this tech and the other" compared to the investment, the SAME investment in high tech research labs etc ... would have given more I believe (Subjective)
IF the world REALLY REALLY wants space exploration, don't give it to NASA or an institution that doesn't have to answer to many or can have their own secrecy. I would love to say the "UN" would be ok but it has similar issues concerning "truth / information management / which powers should be pleased / under the table bargains etc"
This is what you do, you make more "X prizes" - ie FAME
(the X prize reward was a LOT less than how much it cost to claim it... but it happened anyway for a reason )
"You want to go down in history books ? We need an alternative energy and propulsion system BETTER than what we have, the first 10 DIFFERENT methods take money and a lot of it, but its not about the money.
It doesn't stop at 1, you get 1 billion dollar rewards for proving it works, there IS NO technology or methodology or mathmatics or science or established truths that we will put constraints on/ You want to try cold fusion again ?
Forget the previous history of it being a bad choice or full of rubbish - go for it. As long as your not polluting the planet or destroying eco systems or doing unethical stuff ... money is yours, instant honorary Nobel prizes, History full of how damn good you are AND the first star ships we will name after you lot ... AND we will make plagues of you in space etc
Feel free to collaborate BUT your papers / everything is public domain ONLY, this is for the people, for humanity, for the world. And these people who discover this and prove it works, will be the first "Citizens of the universe' ! We will sing your name not because you worked it out but because you worked it out and gave it to EVERYONE.
Oh we also are open to new age stuff, astral travel via telepathic means / psychic means, that is still fine IF You can prove it ! That may mean you need to fund a shitty probe to some dark corner to match the drawing / sketch your psychics claim they "visited in the current time" ... Others who claim Remote viewing shown to frauds ? Doesnt mean you will be, others tried to fly with machines before, their failed attempts doesn't mean that Flying machines are not possible.
For us to be serious about solutions, we are and will stay seriously open-minded."
This gives universities / smaller groups incentives to team up with others.
Most academics are not profit motivated, they are "what can be done, stumped others sure, but I am going to give it ago, the world is too wondrous to believe this isn't possible. Can't get off this carasell, cant get off this world ? Nah sayers can fuck off. They can talk to the hand, Why ? simple, I have a plan, i think so and so was a little overlooked by others, a few things dont add up in a way that i think has potential. I'm too special to be limited to this planet. Stars shine for me !"
Home hobbyists do try and replicate Tesla's stuff (which has one major draw back - that of materials being strong enough to deal with some forces etc, he was a man before his time) with their own cash, some outstandingly successfully. This makes them have an incentive to get together. Soon as a few do ... money will come from private industry and governments alike to help them out.
One thing I do agree with concerning conspiracy theories of "have we already got some alien / UFO technology?" is that with the current climate of
Golden rule 1: Whoever has the gold makes the rules
Golden rule 2: Whoever has power has the gold
Golden rule 3: Whoever has the rules controls information
Golden rule 4: Whoever controls information controls everything.
(which is unfortunately true practically)
.. is if it is POSSIBLE to discover something and it wasn't done academically with prestige motivating, but something else... then "I think we should keep this our secret, if you cant you disappear and it becomes mine.. " is inevitable.
There is just TOO much to gain by being selfish if Prestige
isnt trumpeted first
always as the incentive.
A song or Kennedy speech would help no-end.Babylon Zoo - Spaceman (Original Version - HQ Audio)
As strange as it may be, if new forms of FYL was discovered the BEST
person for it to be in the hands of would be ...
.... Lady Ga ga, who thinks
"fuck refining this before I tell someone about it.. its going to be part of my new set ... Show time Peeps !! Time for you all go to ga ga ... !! I wanna be what proves that little girl/ little boy dream of "ITs true Im part of this". I AM them, they are you, you are MEEEE !! Look at MEEE !! Give me
attention !!! "