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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 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 […]

Bootstrap Resources in Space

Bootstrap Resources in Space

Since it is not practical to lift from Earth into space all of the construction materials necessary to build living structures (habitats), they must be extracted/mined from sources already existing in space. Stepping Stones: Economic Analysis of Space Transportation Supplied From NEO Resources ABSTRACT The Stepping Stones economic analysis of space transportation supplied from near-Earth […]

Printing Habitats for a Moon Mining Base

A base on the Moon will serve primarily as a mining station that can supply construction efforts in nearby space with needed raw materials and even some finished goods. As usual, the most valuable and most needed are the volatile gases, specifically oxygen and hydrogen for breathing, drinking, and fuel. 3D-printing a lunar base – […]

Asteroid Mining Process

In order to mine valuable materials from asteroids, we’ll need to establish some new technologies and processes: Prospecting – asteroids will be mined for: valuable metals & minerals, volatiles (ice, water, oxygen, hydrogen), stony ores, and even the regolith (dirt) will be used. Most prospecting will be done by bots or drones, automatically. Prospect claiming […]

Some of Us Need to Get Off This Planet

There are too many ways for the existence of our entire species to be threatened without good recourse as long as we’re all on a single planet. We need to diversify our locations and provide alternative responses for survival. An asteroid strike, a gamma ray bombardment, a super volcano, an accident from bio-genetic tinkering, a […]

Gamma Spectroscopy for Asteroid Mining

Asteroids are constantly awash in a bath of cosmic rays which produce neutron showers when they collide with atoms in the material of the asteroids. The neutrons in turn collide with other particles, giving off gamma rays in the process. Spectrum analysis of the gamma radiation can determine which elements were involved in the collisions […]

Living Better in Space

As we begin to migrate out into space, an interesting change will take place. At first, our concept of how much living space we need will be driven by practical limitations of air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat, energy/fuel to move everything, and our supply of building materials. In short order, focus […]

Biospheres in Space

When we begin to migrate out into space, we will need to create self-sustaining “biospheres” to live in. Technically, the International Space Station is a biosphere, but we re-supply it from outside constantly instead of replenishing materials from within. Our first outposts beyond Earth orbit will be similarly dependent upon regular supplies brought in from […]

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 […]