Asteropolis Cities in Space

An Asteropolis city is a giant rotating wheel parked in an orbit somewhere in the asteroid belt and providing a safe habitat for several million people. In space, clusters of these giant cities will form the beginning of the future of humanity, like stepping stones toward distant stars. And new concepts of freedom and commerce and living style will come along with them.

The average home size (of new single family homes) in the United States has grown from 1,000 square feet in the 1950s to 2,000 sq. ft. by the late 1980s and recently reaching 2,700 sq. ft. But we don’t live entirely inside the floor space of our homes. We may have a yard, we may work at another location and we spend leisure time in many places outside of our homes. Population density statistics show most modern nations contain between 50 – 500 people per square mile. That corresponds roughly to a range of 50,000 – 500,000 sq. ft. per person. These numbers include all available land and types of geography, whether sparsely populated or not inhabited at all.

With very cheap building materials and costs (cheap solar energy, robotic workers, and asteroid left-over supplied materials), and NO AVAILABLE “ELBOW ROOM” OUTSIDE of the habitat/city, we can expect the amount of area available per head to be high. 25,000 – 50,000 sq. ft. per person is probably practical, with some division of that space between what is privately controlled and what is public space.

Those who decide to give up living in their own habitat and migrate to the security and luxury of an asteropolis city will probably be rich, even by asteroid belt standards. They will be able to afford to buy/lease/rent large areas of space in a city and furnish the space with state of the art decorations and furniture that are highly adaptable, much like the “holo-deck” on Star Trek. Simple living requirements will continue to include some plumbing and some food processing ability, but the rest of the space will become a blank canvas for the fertile imagination and artists who design specialized environments will flourish.

Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (widescreen)

SEE ALSO:
Homesteading in the Asteroid Belt
Asteroid Belt Economy
Freedom in Space
Fortunes in Space
Life in the Asteroid Belt

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