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".
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".
3. HABITATS CAN CYCLE Refashion and re-position select Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs) as resonant cyclers which rendezvous with Earth every two years.
4. CYCLERS TO MARS: "MARSONANCE": Design Habitat's orbit such that Habitat Period (TH) = period of Mars (T).
5. (in work)  Robotic Operations Necessary precursor to human presence. Robotic observatory. "Dark side of the moon" on steroids best vantage point to observe the Universe.
6. ELEVATE PAYLOADS FROM EARTH. Resupply for habitats will require frequent and consistent elevation of materials from Earth to space. Traditional "space elevator" concept could be a start.
7. (in work) Terraformation notes To become Earth-like, habitats must transform via export of Earth's soil with both minerals and microbes
8. (in work) Centripetal: Rotation is Essential Human habitats, orbiting cylinders of huge dimensions, will rotate around their longitudinal axis. They will orbit the Earth and throughout the Solar System.  Impart Spin with Mass Driver Moving a huge habitat from zero spin to g-force spin will take a significant amount of power.
9. (in work)  Mining Operations Asteroids are a plentiful source of materials required to construct and maintain habitats in space.
10. LAUNCHING ALPHA from the moon. (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.
11. LANDING OMEGA at Orbital Parking Spot.  (Leverage Full Moon for a slightly larger, slightly slower orbit.) Omega could be a huge habitat, 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
12. 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.
13LEVERAGING 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.
14. COMMUNICATORS: Refashioned habitats can communicate all through the Solar System.
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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