Project: "REVOLUTION IN THE AIR"
Extracts from the BUSINESS PLAN
IDENTIFYING the RISKS
© Copyright Dr Milson Macleod 2005
It is hard, if not impossible, to find any aspect that would be considered a risk factor per se. The most likely risk is that of industrial sabotage, as this project stands to revolutionize the industry and make current aircraft and airports out of date overnight, endangering existing investments in all aviation-related industries and their ancillary operations.. This non-use of fossil fuels is urgently needed at the present time to save our environment.
IATA states that a 1% improvement in fuel efficiency across the industry can lower fuel costs by $700 million per year. This infers that $70,000 million is currently spent on fuel annually. Loss of this income will not please shareholders in the petro-chemical industry, but it is a necessary step in eliminating world pollution.
When operations start, there must be of course suitable landing locations at intended destinations. A plan for constructing such destination space-ports has been outlined, classifying ports as 'A', 'B' or 'C', but the basic requirements are in reality very simple: even a farmer's field, so long as the soil is firm enough for comfortable passenger ingress and egress, can be used in an emergency, or as a temporary arrangement, so long as a means of onward transportation to an urban centre is available for alighting passengers (or buses leased on an ad hoc basis for that requirement).
The project will not begin before the first shuttle landings from the starship Capricorn.
The only physical risk that could be encountered by shuttles in flight is a lightning strike. The counter measures necessary are outlined in the following message from the Capricorn staff:
"Lightning is just about the only thing that will down a shuttle. The problem is that the universal power system which gets energy from space attracts lightning. We try to not send shuttles out when there may be danger for them. If we turn off the power even momentarily, the shuttle falls, of course. Power plants on the surface can be shielded and grounded so the attraction does not occur.
When a bolt is about to occur, there is a change in some of the characteristics of what you call 'chi'. We have a simple device that can detect this change. On the (star)ships we have power accumulators, rather like your condensers, that we can draw upon if we need a sudden pulse of energy such as taking the whole ship between dimensions. If we are travelling in a lightning-prone area, we can arrange to briefly and automatically power the ship from the accumulators so the lightning would tend to not 'see' us. We cannot do this on the shuttles as the accumulators are too large to fit into a compact craft. What your correspondent saw [referring to a post on the Capricorn website] may have been a ship automatically changing power modes, or a shuttle with a detection device (they are on all shuttles now) reducing the draw on the power supply to make it less attractive to the lightning bolt."
It is recommended that space-ports always be independent of and located away from existing airports so that any possible disruption at an airport, such as a strike by transportation or other service personnel, will not affect space-port operations.
There will still be a need for a sophisticated (not necessarily expensive) installation to check baggage for undesirable contents, or check for mental instability in a prospective passenger. The TV documentary "Airline" has been most helpful in covering live 'passenger problems' so that we can avoid them in our own operations, and be more selective in whom we allow to board.
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