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Comment Re:Tonnage (Score 2) 190

No, a ships displacement is measured in tons but the 180 tons of storage is just that. The estimate of Mayflower's displacement is somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 tons and total weight about 400 tons including some 130 tons of ballast. Of course all these are approximations based on the given dimensions of the ship and what was typical for the period.

Comment Tonnage (Score 1) 190

They say it can transport about 100 tons. That's not much for a colonization effort. The Mayflower that transported the pilgrims to America was rated at about 180 tons. They could expect to live off the land for the most part whereas whoever takes the trip to Mars will be entirely dependent on what they bring with them. Without help from the natives it's likely that the Mayflower's people would not have done as well if they managed to survive at all. Maybe the Martians will help Musk's colonists.

Comment Re:No comparison (Score 1) 205

My Mac Pro destroys the Pi too yet somehow I still find uses for my raspberry pi collection. Like the one sitting out on my deck with a camera module hooked to a battery and solar panel. I'd hate to stick a 3,000 dollar computer out there not to mention I'd need a hell of a lot more batteries and multiple/bigger solar panels.

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