Q: Do we have some guesses on the minimal infrastructure necessary, on the lunar surface and/or lunar orbit, to start developing and testing NTRs and fission-powered electric/ion drives there? Total tonnage, specific kinds of payloads/ equipment there, are there minable sites for various specific raw materials that happen to be close to each other on Luna … More About minimal meaningful infrastructure of the space industry.
Q: Self-expanding adaptive manufacturing (SEAM) factory is the first step on Plan 0. Here is a possible pathway to developing a SEAM factory and the rationale behind it. A SEAM factory must produce a commercial product to sell at a profit. It could theoretically make anything but I think manufacturing machines (lathes, mills, 3D printers, … More SEAM capabilities, the way to adress the development of those.
One of the keys to use any resources in space are the technologies. We may speak about that like exporting technologies in space. It may mean adaptation of currently existing technologies to the conditions we may have them on the surface of the moon or in 0g. So as being able to technological processes for … More Importance of SEAM-factory for space
Q: When I think of the steps to settling space, I think of it mostly in terms of technology and economics. If you don’t need to be economically self-sustaining, we’ve had the technology to build a moon base for decades – just spend $100k/kg on food and other things to sustain it that we don’t have … More Moon, space, profit, strategy, Q/A
Q: Instead of water, what would you propose they focus on at a moon base? BTW The savings from reusability are in addition to the savings from not having to launch fuel from Earth. But even getting fuel derived from the Moon or asteroids will not be free, since it will still be quite a hassle. … More Moon, ideology, Q/A. Water.
Ok, I got a valid question about what you gonna do with all those presumably available K1(10^18W) energy, in terms of production in space, which I have broadened to activity in space. If you do consider that the improvement of technologies is not required to meaningfully utilize the energy. It is a lot of energy … More K1 energy budget. Is it too much for us?
The document of NASA is interesting in terms that those guys have considered the problem of collecting regolith and moving it to a central location. It is the same problem, and one of the tasks for tech seed on the moon surface, to collect regolith and deliver it to processing unit, thus it is interesting … More Plan0 vs NASA plan.
Let’s take a brief look at resources available on the moon and what they mean in terms of a growing system in place and aspects which might be interesting in the context of Plan0. Just fast recap. Gravity 1/6 of earth(1.62m/s^2), escape velocity 2.38 km/s Energy Energy wise things aren’t too good but aren’t bad … More Moon. Moon resources. Tech seed. Plan0.
Moon Launch payload to land on moon – 400t or less, in 1000t range. Teleoperate equipment, establish initial capabilities to collect energy Establish production capabilities to grow energy collectors, produce collectors IRSU Establish production capabilities to produce most of the hardware for teleoperated equipment, teleoperate assembly line for it Grow available materials collection capabilities(0.5% wt … More The plan. The ghost of the ghost plan.