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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 […]

The Space Elevator Concept

Design Your Own Space Elevator – [youtube.com] The Universe Documentary – Space Elevator and Carbon Nanotubes – [youtube.com] The Space Elevator – no longer Science Fiction – [youtube.com] An Elevator to Space: Markus Landgraf at TEDxRheinMain – [youtube.com] The Physics of Space Elevators – [youtube.com] (this includes the concept of a space launch from an […]

Variable Ethics

As we begin to embed ethical principles into machines and software that can make decisions, we need to examine the use cases involved. The ethical codes needed in a powerful and dangerous machine that can easily cause life threatening damage are quite different from those needed in a software agent that makes grocery purchasing choices […]

1778 – Davy – bio

Humphry Davy was born in Cornwall, England, in 1778 and was known as a chemist. Davy used electric current from a voltaic pile to perform early forms of electrolysis and discovered sodium, potassium, barium, calcium, strontium and magnesium. He was the first to isolate barium and boron. He created the first electric arc lamp by […]

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 […]

Time is Persistence

Understanding time is important because it’s a fundamental building block of the Universe. Most think the Universe is composed of matter, energy, space, and time. It also seems somewhat obvious that energy and matter are directly related, with matter seeming like slow energy or vice versa, energy is fast matter. String theory proposes that rolled […]

Measuring “Well Being”

We often measure the success of processes with numbers that represent some state of the output or operation of the process. Financial organizations tend to use a “bottom line” number of profitability. But nation-states and some other groups have different purposes and need different measures. When the purpose of a group is to sustain or […]

The Great Filter (Drake/Fermi)

The Drake Equation provides us a means to predict how likely it is that intelligent civilizations may exist. The L-Factor in the Drake Equation represents the length of an intelligent civilization. This is the most significant single factor in the equation. The L-Factor Limits Contact With ET Aliens The Length of a Civilization should be […]