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Basic Tools for Space

Basic Tools for Space

The history of basic tools begins with cutting tools and progresses into moving tools, then eventually into the use of fire and other chemical reactions. Moving tools were developed for use on a planet and involved overcoming gravity and associated friction. The lever, the wheel and axle, the pulley, and variations on these all helped to move mass. In space, cutting tools will still be needed, but moving tools are quite different because of the lack of gravity.

Cutting tools began with sharp edged rocks, bone, wood and other objects and eventually became metal shaped into sharp edges. In space, cutting tools are likely to begin with lasers and evolve into more advanced and effective lasers that have the ability to achieve precise focus. Using computer control to converge multiple beams on a single point might create a nearly continuous cutting point from high powered lasers that normally operate in pulses. Nanotechnology has the potential to produce very fine edges made from hard materials. Just as single crystal fibers are much stronger than conventional fibers, perhaps single molecule edges or wires can be developed as advanced cutting tools.

Moving tools began with sticks used as levers to lift or push heavy objects and as rollers to reduce friction under heavy objects and eventually became wheel and axle based moving carts and chariots. Moving tools in space are likely to begin with ionic thrusters and electromagnetic acceleration devices and solar sails. More efficient technology will improve those tools in small increments, but any dramatic improvement is likely to depend upon a new scientific breakthrough. An “inertial sled” or “gravitational ramp” or “warp drive” all require fundamental principles of physics that are currently fictional.

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