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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 […]

Fiber Reinforced Hydrogel Fabric

Hydrogels are made from long chemical chains called polymers that have an ability to absorb a lot of water, often forming a stretchy, rubbery, colloid like substance. Hydrogels often change their structure in reaction to changes in PH (acid/base), temperature, or salt content. They are being used in tissue scaffolds, wound bandaging, diapers, contact lenses, […]

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 […]

Quintessence Means Fifth Element

FOUR ELEMENTS Plato defined four basic elements as earth, water, air, and fire. In his analysis of geometry he defined five regular solids. He paired up the four elements with four of the five regular solids and this suggested to him that there might be another element. He assigned earth to the cube, water to […]

Skin Suit Requirements

A Skin Suit concept was previously described here as a combination of a super-skin layer of clothing, a space suit, and an exoskeleton. In order to bring this closer to a functional reality, we need to define requirements. We can start by defining the layers that are involved: Skin components – a layer of protective […]

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 […]

Distributed Utilities

Distributed manufacturing is poised to change our world using 3D printing technology to manufacture objects locally. Our utility infrastructure can move in the same direction. Our basic needs are water, food, shelter, power, communications, and medical services. The basic utilities we consume most are water, electric power, communications networks. We are already seeing the beginning […]

The Moon as a Fuel Depot

There are good reasons to mine the Moon. Ice will supply water and oxygen for life, and hydrogen and oxygen for fuel. Aluminum and other metals can be extracted and formed into basic building block materials for construction. But both the ice and the building materials will be mostly thrown out into space for use […]

Growing Food in Space

Once we establish living habitats in space, it will not be practical to lift food out of the gravity well on Earth for consumption in space. Rather, food will be grown where it is consumed, using advanced agricultural techniques and robot attendants. Gravity will be supplied by rotation of the habitat. Water used in agriculture […]