X-Message-Number: 10922
Date: Sun, 13 Dec 1998 11:14:38 +0100
From:  (John de Rivaz)
Subject: A local Storage facility?

From time to time the idea of a local storage facility is proposed by people 
living outside the US. How many people would it need in any one local area 
to introduce one?

For a fully fledged storage and preparation facility, work out the costs 
required and divide it by the proposed membership. Would they be willing to 
pay? In the UK, the project could be run as a company limited by guarantee. 
This means that each member could not be called upopn to pay any losses 
should the company go into receivership, but their contribution would be a 
gift, ie "money down the drain". 

I would have thought that you would be talking in terms of hundreds of 
thousands of pounds to provide a facility complete with legal compliance and 
an endowment from which an income could be drawn to pay running costs 
(insurance, local taxes, maintenance etc.). Of course the maintenance costs 
of the cryo capsules would come from the members' cryopreservation fees. It 
would be better to have an endowment for maintining the building in case not 
enough people signed up in the early years.

As you see, despite the problems of transport, I take the view that 
supporting the US facilities is the better option for the forseable future.

Sincerely,     * Longevity Report:  http://www.longevb.demon.co.uk/lr.htm
John de Rivaz  * Fractal Report:    http://www.longevb.demon.co.uk/fr.htm
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