About minimal meaningful infrastructure of the space industry.

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.

Economics, automation – present and future options

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

Establishing a city, and some thoughts about that. Q/A.

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.

Smart matter, Q2, economics vs energy and other animals

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

The plan. The ghost of the ghost plan.

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.