I must admit that I knew nothing about the space elevator until I read about it in here, but I thought the idea of flying cars might become a reality basedJun 1, 2006 1 of 51View SourceI must admit that I knew nothing about the space elevator until I read about it in here, but I thought the idea of "flying cars" might become a reality based upon my experiences in the 80's while working at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station outside of Phoenix, AZ. There was a dirt landing strip near the plant where about a dozen or so engineers working there would park their planes. Since the site was way out in the desert there weren't as many obstacles for the planes to deal with then. They lived in places fairly off the beaten path and would come from as far away as 200 miles to come to work each day. I used to drive 60 miles one-way each day to get to the site! This trend went on for many years during construction of the plant and though I don't know if any of them still fly there every day, it left me with visions of how wonderful it would be to live somewhere in the outskirts of town and fly around in, say, an ultralight or some other kind of easy-to-master flying vehicle.
snarkbyte <email@example.com> wrote:
It seems to me that flying cars have become increasingly unlikely ever
since the 30s. We can build the vehicles, but it's very difficult to
imagine the government deregulating aviation to the extent needed for
them to be operated from anywhere other than an airport. And cities
and suburbs are a lot more crowded, with more power and utility lines
than anyone imagined in the 30s. If the government regs weren't
enough, I suspect that the homeowner's associations of most suburban
neighborhoods would prohibit them, anyway. I seriously doubt either a
space elevator or flying cars will be built within the next half-
century, and I suspect a space elevator is the more likely.
--- In CaNdY-for-the-BrAiN@yahoogroups.com, "falconsoaring_2000"
> A question I have is how long will it be before flying cars are a
> reality? They were envisioned in the 1930s, the magazine "Popular
> Mechanics" published an article describing them back then though I
> don't recall the date.
> --- In CaNdY-for-the-BrAiN@yahoogroups.com, chesschance <no_reply@>
> There are people who envision that cars would be done without in less
> than 100 years; the way the space elevator is considered, it could be
> a reality soon (how soon is a question)
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... more ... Your ID has always reminded me of one of my favorite passages from one of my favorite books ever: There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is aJun 9, 2006 51 of 51View Source--- In CaNdY-for-the-BrAiN@yahoogroups.com, "falconsoaring_2000"
> I love falcons and soaring. Also back when I chose the id several
> years ago I was more optimistic than I am now. I might of chose
> another id since then but what? Maybe something with otter and/or
> water which I also love. But it also would of been more of a hassle
> joining all my groups with the new id than I was willing to go
> through. Basically I stuck with it because it didn't require any
> work than if I did change it.Your ID has always reminded me of one of my favorite passages from one
> --- In CaNdY-for-the-BrAiN@yahoogroups.com, professor_smartypants
> <no_reply@> wrote:
of my favorite books ever:
"There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness.
And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down
into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become
invisible in the sunny spaces. And even if he for ever flies within
the gorge, that gorge is in the mountains; so that even in his lowest
swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than other birds upon the
plain, even though they soar." ~Herman Melville, Moby Dick