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: Disclaimer: I’m a socioeconomics whore. I might argue for ancap today, ancom tomorrow, minarchism next week, etc. I don’t care. I am not far from thinking that humans in large numbers are ungovernable ethically and that people who don’t like the system should just do a risk-benefit analysis and discreetly break the laws they … More Economics, automation – present and future options
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: Say you own a company that can create habitable floating platforms in international waters for a price point per square meter roughly half of the average of house prices in the US. So there is a demand for people to move there. How would you structure the funding structure for the company/government there? Would … More Establishing a city, and some thoughts about that. Q/A.
People quite regularly notice that I do use energy metrics and ignore economic realities in my assumptions. There are few good reasons for that. And let’s consider some aspects on an example of the problem of using smart matter on a large scale for megastructures like space lifts or other stuff. A point about economics … More Smart matter, Q2, economics vs energy and other animals
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
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?
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.
or how to look in the future in a right way Any technological solution contains a lot of details to consider when implementing it. The technology of making a Stone Axe is relatively complex one and tricky enough and need a certain level of expertise, a certain degree of knowledge about material selection and techniques … More Ideology of technological solutions