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.
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
source Premise: As of 2018 does humanity have any claim to the Sol system (other than Earth)? If another species started mining and disassembling parts of the solar system today without contacting us – 1) What would your personal response be? 2) Do you think the newcomers are in the wrong? *taking notes for my … More Strategy of actions when you see alien von Neuman Probes in your skys.
source Premise: On the idea that’s it’s “imperialistic” to want to colonize space: When the aborigines did a prehistoric megaproject consisting in crossing a sea to colonize the asteroid called Australia, sixty thousand years ago, were they being imperialists? By that logic it was even worse than colonizing a lifeless planet or asteroid, because Australia … More Life importance. Probabilities and rights.
Q: I read your article “How can I move a planet?” the other day. I’m not sure I understood the device, is it some kind of GIGANTIC mechanical arm that stores elastic energy to harvest matter? no, it isn’t a big mechanical arm, kinda. youtube links there are important to watch. all in the article is actually a fluff, … More Smart matter, clarification, Q1
It is a response to a conversation on FB, and the conversation will be below. Main four points are as a premise. 1>At that point a major war can break out because you need resources that are controlled by someone else. 2> But the global economy is no more there. 3> You can’t wait for … More Relations between Earth economics, Space economics, response to a discussion.
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?
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.
What is given? Humans have a practical problem, they need living space. But for how many? How fast population grows? As for the first question, some believe that for Earth 1 billion (109109) people is ok, and what is above is excess, there are bunch other believers. But solving the problem is to solve the … More What would come first, the colonization of the solar system or interstellar colonization?