THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 244
…for those left behind by Stellar Explorer, it is impossible to learn from the mistakes — when you are not apprised of the actual outcome…
There are no concrete answers let alone solutions, in this speculative world of SOL technology, but man struggles for answers anyway.
When you test drive a new automobile/sky-car/jet-cycle, does one try out every color of your preferred model? Does the red one go faster than the black, or does it only look faster? In the case of the SOL Project, the only variable being 397 pounds of human beings, could that have changed the norm to such a radical degree?
Many other like questions and some more technical ones has crossed Roy Crippen’s mind. Perhaps the humblest of those drives to the fundamental heart of the matter: Does man belong in space? In other words, are they technically capable of tackling projects such as SOL or going twenty years back, Space Colony 1?
You can have everything right, cover all your bases and this happens:
- a killer satellite from a rogue nation blasts the first orbiting space colony out of Martian orbit, stranding the world’s most prominent and popular married couple and they disappear before they can be rescued
- the accelerator on a spacecraft, that has only been on a couple test-drives, gets stuck just as two of your young and brightest test-pilots reach the speed-of-light and those brave young men are related to their folks in number 1
Bad luck–maybe, bad science or bad math—probably, but in either case it is impossible to learn from the mistakes, when you are not apprised of the actual outcome:
- Either branch of The Space Family McKinney tree is alive and well. Without the clueless people on Earth knowing, their math is incorrect
- Courtesy of the planet Eridanus, instead of -4, the count of McKinneys in space thought lost currently stands at +5, with the actual addition of Deimostra.