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Living In The Asteroid Belt – part 6 – Lifestyle

INTRODUCTION GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY GETTING THERE MINING HABITATS LIFESTYLE Resources Empty space is free (once you get there) Energy is almost free from photovoltaic collectors Valuable volatile gases and metals are easily available from asteroid mining Building materials will be cheap and plentiful from asteroid mining Computing/Com/Nav net An information rich environment built on state […]

Living In The Asteroid Belt – part 5 – Habitats

Living In The Asteroid Belt – part 5 - Habitats

Previous articles in this series: 1-INTRODUCTION 2-GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY 3-GETTING THERE 4-MINING HABITATS Choices – are limited by a need for rotational symmetry so that the habitat can turn steadily to create artificial gravity. All of these shapes are designed to provide living space on the inside surface with rotational force pushing everything “down” toward […]

Living In The Asteroid Belt – part 4 – Mining

Previous articles in this series: 1-INTRODUCTION 2-GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY 3-GETTING THERE MINING Value: Volatiles are the frozen gases found in the asteroid rocks, including oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and more. These will be the most valuable substances mined because they will be needed for air and water and fuel. Precious metals will be the second most […]

Living In The Asteroid Belt – part 3 – Getting There

Previous articles in this series: 1-INTRODUCTION 2-GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY GETTING THERE Rockets that use chemical reaction thrust in both solid form and liquid form have been the only option for many years. But they require a massive amount of thrust requiring large fuel tanks and limiting payloads. Historically, they have been expensive and discarded after […]

Living In The Asteroid Belt – part 2 – Geography and Geology

Living In The Asteroid Belt – part 2 - Geography and Geology

Living In The Asteroid Belt – part 1 – Introduction was the previous article in this series. GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY Geography The inner planets of our Solar System are Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. By convention, the orbital distance of the Earth from the Sun has been established as 1 Astronomical Unit (AU). The orbit […]

Living In The Asteroid Belt – part 1 – Introduction

INTRODUCTION The first question to be answered about this topic is why we should live in the asteroid belt instead of on planets. The main answer is simply that once we have found a way to climb up out of the gravity well that has trapped us here on this planet for so long, we […]

Emergency Evacuation to the Asteroid Belt

In an emergency that could threaten the survival of our entire species, an evacuation from the planet would need to be considered. The asteroid belt is the most logical place for this because of the lack of gravity wells and the abundance of raw materials for building and life support. Ultimate Bug-Out Location = the […]

Adapting Earth Skills to Space

As we migrate out into space, many of our jobs and their attending skills will need to change. Some skills that have been needed on Earth may dissipate and new ones will need to be cultivated for the space environment. Changes in gravity and atmosphere will be among the driving factors. OUTDOOR VS INDOOR Skills […]

Navigation in the Asteroid Belt

Navigation requires time and position data and the ability to calculate and plot a course. Historically, we have used “fixed” points like stars and buoys and beacons and landmarks and we plotted courses to fixed destinations. More recently we have learned to use a network of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites. The satellites move constantly […]

Building Space Habitats

While we may use the Moon and Mars as stepping stones in our migration into space, the real end target will be the asteroid belt. Once we have spent the resources needed to accomplish the steep climb out of a planetary gravity well, it makes sense to stay there. The asteroid belt suits this purpose. […]