Date: 01 Jan 97 20:59:23 From: jfmezei <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: SPC References: 1 2 3 4 Followups: 1
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John Clear wrote: > I think some small grants/subsidies/etc to promote development > is very different then huge sums of money to fund entire product > development, start to finish. When you look at a specific project, perhaps it looks worse one way or the other. But when you look at the industry over a longer preiod of time, you *may* see many "acceptable" small grants that total up to a huge sum of money which would have been unacceptable to many had it been handed over in a single check. And even if ther were no directs benefits to commercial operation, any military/space contract will make the company bigger and may offer economies of scale and better negotiation with dealers. Hard to quantify such help, of course.