The sad fact is there is no end to the pandering. What about me, my archetype, my sexuality, my hair color, my age, my religion, my astrological sign...as first to space?
Spin off the UN. (Maybe not.) But we need to act as humans
and coordinate our goals for space. Lest we go there for politics and then w/ armaments.
Never going to happen. We are going to war up there.
Yes, Jacob Moser (in mid seventies) added Skyhook rails to the Era Ten mythos. Why launch when you can rail to orbit?
Best scene (maybe only worthy scene) in Federation has the skyhook falling and lashing across the planet. Tough google as Kareem B'Ball shot tends to dominate the results.