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No Windows in Space

Many representations of life in space include windows in the walls of space ships and space dwellings. There will be no windows in space. As an engineering consideration, windows are “factory installed leaks”. Our electronics continue to grow smaller, more flexible and are starting to become built in to everything in our environment. It will […]

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 […]

Homesteading in the Asteroid Belt

Soon, there will be opportunities to move out into the asteroid belt and begin a new life there. Just as pioneers migrated across America, building homesteads and establishing a new beachhead of civilization, so will a new wave of pioneers build homesteads in the empty space of the asteroid belt. GROUP Assembling a group begins […]

Freedom in Space

The main factor that will drive a mass emigration from Earth into the vast expanses of the asteroid belt will be freedom. People will say it is done for greed, for want of wealth, but the real reason will be a quest for personal freedom. Freedom from government interference in our lives, freedom from religious […]

3D Printers Tested in Zero-G

For the first time, 3D printers have been tested in a zero-gravity environment. MADE IN SPACE successfully completed two suborbital flights that tested several 3D printers through a series of zero-gravity parabola maneuvers. 3D Printers Tested in Zero-G – [madeinspace.us] ELLINGTON FIELD, TX – July 28, 2011 – MADE IN SPACE, a start-up dedicated to […]

Printing Space Habitats

3D printers work by extruding materials in patterns and building up layers of the material into three dimensional objects. The greatest cost of building structures in space is simply lifting the mass of the materials up out of the gravity well we live in. If materials to build with can be provided in space without […]

Stepping Stones to Space

The goal of space colonization is to colonize space, not to climb out of the gravity well of our planet only to climb back down into the gravity well of another planet and start building there. The goal is to learn to live in space and the future of space colonization will be directed toward […]

Inflatable Space Habitats

Self-deploying inflatable space living modules have been being designed by NASA engineers since the 1960s. A light weight collapsible package that can create a space lifeboat like module simply by inflating it with some gas has many advantages over lifting more rigid construction materials out of the gravity well and then assembling them. While an […]

Commercial Space Lift

The future of space exploration comes in three stages: space lift – escaping the gravity well, whether by brute force impulse rocket or space elevator or some other means space habitats – space stations, space hotels, space colonies, living environments space vehicles – vehicles designed to move through space with little or no gravity have […]

Space Vehicles

Space vehicles that are designed primarily for space travel alone will be unlike craft that are designed for navigating in an atmosphere. There is no need to consider aerodynamics in space or stress related to strong gravitational fields. Instead, they need to have strong hull integrity and if they are designed to rotate to create […]