Saturday, August 30, 2014

VOLUME I: ASTEROIDAL Table of Contents

Over the next century,
mankind will build and live in habitats
throughout the Solar System.

  • HABITATS:  Some human colonies will live in large, spinning cylinders constructed from "in situ" material from asteroids and comets.
  • EARTH LIKE GRAVITY: Spinning cylinders will simulate g-force via centrifugal force along longitudinal axis.
  • ENERGY SOURCE: Large, adjacent mirrors will reflect sunlight into habitats for plentiful energy.
  • FRESH FOOD: Essential ingredients from Mother Earth will enable robust agricultures.
  • SPENDING MONEY: Harvesting of space bound materials will enable a robust economy among the many habitats as well as Mother Earth
  • POPULATIONS: Smaller habitats will easily house 10,000 people; larger habitats will provide comfortable quarters for well over 100,000.
1. HABITATS CAN ORBIT. Transform selected asteroids into orbiting habitats; i.e., "orbiters".  Compare Earth's nearly circular orbit with 1862 Apollo, a typical asteroidal elliptical orbit.
2. HABITATS CAN TRANSPORT.  As transporters, habitats can move large human populations throughout the Solar System; for example, to Mars orbit via a simple "semi-orbit", described in an associated HABITAT's HOHMANN TRANSPORT (HT) TABLE.
3. HABITATS CAN CYCLE BACK TO EARTH Refashion and re-position select Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs) as resonant cyclers which rendezvous with Earth every two years. See associated tables:  2 Year Cycler at q (perihelion) = 1 AU. and 2 Year Cycler at ℓ (semi-latus rectum) = 1 AU.
4. HABITATS CAN CYCLE FORWARD TO MARS:  Consider "Marsonance", Habitat's orbit such that Habitat Period (TH) = period of Mars (T).
5. HABITATS CAN IMPORT RESOURCES FROM EARTH. To properly provision initial habitats, there must be a way to export many materials from Mother Earth to her children.  This will require frequent and consistent elevation of materials from Earth to space. Traditional "space elevator" concept could be a start.
6. HABITATS CAN TERRAFORM for Earth-Like Environment. To become Earth-like, habitats must transform via export of Earth's soil with both minerals and microbes. To simulate Earth-like gravity, human habitats, large orbiting cylinders, will rotate around their longitudinal axis.
7. HABITATS CAN COMMUNICATE: Refashioned habitats can communicate all through the Solar System.
8. SPACE TUG: Solar Orbits.  TE's Space Tug could help Space Habitats transition to different orbits around the Sun. 
9.  NEW MOON: LAUNCHING ALPHA. (Leverage New Moon for a slightly smaller, slightly quicker orbit.) Alpha could be a huge habitat, 60° ahead of Earth.  To build such a habitat, use Luna as a launch platform. With much less gravity than Earth and a wealth of materials, easily gather materials to put habitat components into an orbit about Luna.  Build initial structures in orbit around the Moon; then, carefully insert them into Solar Orbit.  See Alpha Launch Tables.
10. FULL MOON AND BEYOND: LAUNCH OMEGA.  (Leverage Full Moon for a slightly larger, slightly slower orbit.) Omega could be a huge habitat at Lagrange Point 5 (L5), 60° behind Earth. At 1 AU from Earth, such a vessel would be a great platform to safely process payloads from throughout the Solar System. A successful "landing" happens when Omega reaches and maintains its permanent parking spot 60° behind Earth. See Omega Launch Tables
11. EARTH's ELLIPTICITY Helps a Lot!!!  Earth's orbit is near circular, but it still has significant ellipticity (aka "eccentricity").  If Habitat does sufficient burns to change its orbit to a purely circular orbit, it can more quickly attain its parking sport of 60° away from Earth.
12. LEVERAGING LAMBDA for Cyclers. Synergize Habitats Alpha and Omega with 2 year cycler orbits for enormous benefits.  Requires careful placement of lambda, semi-latis rectum.  See 2 YEAR CYCLER TABLE.
13. HABITATS CAN MINE MINERALS from the Asteroid Belt.
Why go??? Asteroids are a plentiful source of materials required to construct and maintain habitats in space.
14. HABITATS CAN EXTRACT ELEMENTS from the Gas Giant Region.
Why go???  Gas giants are a plentiful source of essential elements required to power habitats in deep space beyond the reach of effective sunlight. 
15. HABITATS CAN MIGRATE Initial habitats will orbit and cycle, but g-force propulsion will enable much quicker migration to the planets in days and to nearby stars in years. 



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