Archive for August 12th, 2004


ATOE: Interview with CNEL Leader, Jean-Louis Cattin


In an unprecedentedly candid interview, CNEL CEO Jean-Louis Cattin spoke with Marc Lenoir of IBAP on the 24 Thermidor, CCXII; Gacudai Gannen, Xitxigaçu 9; 12 August, 2004. The questions M. Lenoir asked were the results of heavy polling in IBAP affiliate countries.

Below is a selected transcript.

Was ATOE formed in response to the renewed European effort?

Response: No, it was not. ATOE was the result of protracted negotiations between Her Majesty the Emperor, Her Representatives and the Officials of Louisianne.

Is ATOE competing against the Euro-Consortium?

Response: Competing denotes a contest between two opponents. We do not feel that we are opponents, merely two different groups seeking the betterment of mankind.

Do you expect to precede the Euro-Consortium into Space?

Response: Expect would mean a competition, in the which we are not involved. We expect to place a man or woman in space before the end of the next Republican Year. We expect to complete minor occupancy capacity of Xinçuxima before the end of five years time. We expect to reach the moon before ten.

Many of our respondents throughout the world are rather startled by such apparent audacity. How do CNEL and the ISA together as ATOE expect to accomplish such a feat when they’ve not even successfully developed a space vessel?

Response: We’re at least in parity with the Euro-Consortium; we believe our science is actually more advanced, as we’ve had more successful launches to date. We’re not keeping score, but our format for launch is more ecologically and financially sound than the Euro-Consortium’s land based Cosmodromes.

Could you elaborate how you’re financially more sound? Surely a dual-launch vehicle is more costly than a single rocket!

Response: Our rockets are going to be re-used in our construction of Xinçuxima, our rocket fuel costs are cheaper because we simply electrolyse water into its basic constituents of oxygen and hydrogen and reconstitute it upon launch. Our pollution is merely a cloud in the sky, whereas the Euro-Consortium is likely to cause acidic rain to fall because of the chemical compounds used to life their vessel.

Dual launch is simpler, more cost effective because the constituent parts are re-used; ATOE wants sustainable growth for this venture. We don’t want to build a rocket only to destroy it. We’re in this for the long haul, and we’ve got some very sound advisors when it comes to ecological and financial sustainability. Being neighbor to Oregon has taught us some ecological sanity, shall we say.