"original" Space Gas Station
Rand Simberg is right in his Popular Mechanics article! The Boeing's "Photoshop" concept of a Space Gas Station is GREAT, since, refuel the Orion in space could save very much mass at lift-off, but (unfortunately for Rand and Boeing...) I've ALREADY proposed and published the SAME idea (with the SAME image!) about TWO months before them in this Aug. 12, 2007 article's update on my website and on several space forums and blogs!!!
This is the image of MY orbital refuel concept for the ESAS plan:
Just compare it with the Boeing concept's image in the Popular Mechanics article!!!
To be clear... my idea is NOT the "orbital refuel", that's a decades old concept with many studies about it, but to adopt a "minimal orbital refuel" in the ESAS plan to solve some problems like the "overweighed Orion".
So, my questions is: "why ALL these "original" concepts are ALWAYS unveiled MONTHS or YEARS after my articles rather than MONTHS or YEARS before them???"
The Boeing's orbital Orion/EDS refuel: TWO months AFTER my article's update...
etc. etc. etc.
I do believe, that, IF Boeing, Google, LM, Direct-guys, etc. are "true experts" (while my ideas are just "photoshop concepts"...) they SHOULD "unveil" these concepts months or years BEFORE me, NOT months or years AFTER me!!!
Then, my second question is: "what I should do in future?"
a) develop other good ideas to have a faster, better, cheaper and safer ESAS plan (with all astronauts coming back to earth) but see ALL my future ideas "thought years ago..." or "developed internally..." then "unveiled" by big-mid aerospace companies (without pay a cent, of course) or...
b) stop publish my ideas and opinions about the GIANT moon-hardware's problems, so I'll never see again MY ideas "unveiled" by others, but have the ESAS plan FAILS soon, due to its several design flaws...
My last question is: "which of my ideas will become the next "original" idea "unveiled" by big-mid aerospace companies and/or space agencies?"
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