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Old June 16 2014, 12:44 PM   #62
Nightfall to-Ennien
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Re: SpaceDock questions

Timo wrote: View Post
Yes, and when an engineer can find a way to economically develop a utility craft that can function effectively in both planetary and space environments, he does so.
And is promptly fired for creating a product that won't sell.
The US is, as we speak, throwing billions of dollars into the F-35 Lightning II, a fighter fundamentally compromised by the space requirements of the lift-fan system one variant uses for STOVL capability. We've seen self-contained antigravs the size of clothes irons in TOS, I see no reason why a general-purpose utility vehicle/equipment control cab wouldn't incorporate the same kind of equipment to expand it's operational regime from one specific environment to, effectively, all environments.
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