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More Than All the Money In the World

The Danger is Real Asteroids represent both threat and promise. A large enough asteroid could destroy human civilisation. But it could also represent unimaginable wealth in base metals, diamonds, platinum, and gold. Much rests upon whether humans can prepare themselves … Continue reading

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3D Printed Space Rockets ++

Engineers are getting better at printing complex metal objects using 3D printing. Building rocket engines for space launch has to be one of the more complex applications of the technology. SpaceX launched its first 3D-printed part, the body of a … Continue reading

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The Thing That Is Different About Space Enthusiasm This Time

Ever since US President Kennedy pledged in the early 1960s that the US would land a man on the moon within the decade, the US has been caught up in episodic bouts of space enthusiasm. Engineers and other technical people … Continue reading

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Space Access 2019 via Experimental Rocket Propulsion Society

Why Does the US Have So Many of These Conferences? Preliminary Conference Schedule And What Good Do They Do? Free Speech and Free Association form the Groundwork for a Civil Society These freedoms are guaranteed by the 1st amendment to … Continue reading

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What if Elon Musk Could Boost the Pentagon into Orbit?

The Pentagon: It Even Looks Like a Space Colony Weighing many millions of tonnes, The Pentagon — US military headquarters — is far too massive for any of SpaceX’s current generations of rockets to boost into orbit. Falcon 9 can … Continue reading

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The Universe is Infinite: Economic Growth is Forever*

Since Dawn of History: Humans Discover Opportunity and Growth Human progress and economic growth followed a natural — but bumpy and uneven — track. Agriculture led to surplus wealth, cities, specialisation of labour, and trade. Despite thousands of years of … Continue reading

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Americans Plan to Populate Space with Billions of People

First you must develop reliable and affordable ways to reach outer space. Then you must find ways to make activity in space profitable. Then you must put skilled and resourceful human beings in space to provide vision and oversight for … Continue reading

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Rich Romp to the Stars: Fueling the $Trillion Space Economy

Trillions, High and Low The transition from a $hundreds of billions space economy to a $trillions space economy may be quicker than anyone thought. Cheap access to space opens all kinds of doors which were expected to stay closed for … Continue reading

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Dawn of a New Space Age

Elon Musk is planning to build a city of one million humans on Mars over the next few decades. Jeff Bezos wants to put between one million and one trillion humans into space to live and work. Robert Zubrin has … Continue reading

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A Future in Space

World’s Richest Man Dreams of Vast Numbers Living in Space Jeff Bezos — worth about $130 billion — dreams of a future where a trillion people live in outer space. The more room that is made for bright humans to … Continue reading

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Bringing Outer Space Within Man’s Grasp

… a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for? __ Robert Browning … Falcon Heavy flights cost $90 million per launch, which is a fraction of the $300 million to $500 million per launch charged by … Continue reading

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Good Elon vs. Bad Russia: The Gap Widens

In “Good Elon, Bad Elon: A Tale of Two Elons,” we looked at Elon Musk’s highly profitable and likely successful trajectory into space (SpaceX) vs. some of his other more questionable and money-bleeding enterprises such as Tesla. As you can … Continue reading

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Building a Positive Future Instead of Tearing it Down

We have discovered through hard trial and error that a society without a sense of larger purpose drifts into nihilism and despair. __ ColonyofCommodus To build a future, people must have a sense of purpose — “a larger purpose” than … Continue reading

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Living in Deep Space: Growing Living Space Colonies

NASA has funded an approach to robot construction of a “growable” space habitat. Such construction is meant to be scaled from habitat scale up to larger colony scales. Deep Space: Scalable Habitats for Long Distance Space Travel or for Distant … Continue reading

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Disruptive New Paradigms in Space Launch and Nuclear Power

A New Paradigm for Nuclear Technology Development What’s different this time is that there is a profound shift taking place from government-led, and funded, nuclear R&D to private sector-led efforts by people with strong entrepreneurial goals… These developers want to … Continue reading

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Government Mega-Projects vs. Opportunity and Private Initiative

“A slow, state-owned, ineffective and mostly non-market oriented company is, simply speaking, incapable of competing with SpaceX and other agile private space companies,” says Pavel Luzin, a space industry expert at Perm State University. Moscow Times Opportunity vs. Mega Government: … Continue reading

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Opening Up Space for Business

Space Civilisation Needs Infrastructure, Supply Chains, Logistics, Financing, Viable Business Plans If you want humanity to develop a space-faring civilization, you need to understand that space should be a free-market frontier and entrepreneurs should lead the way! Start by reorienting … Continue reading

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52 Year Old 47 Billion Dollar Man Imagines a Larger Future in Space

“Our ultimate vision is millions of people living and working in space,” Bezos said during a rare, 30-minute interview in Florida with reporters after the Blue Origin announcement. __ NBF quoting an earlier Yahoo article. The “almost 50 billion dollar … Continue reading

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Space News

Update: SpaceX Launches Satellite Successfully; Barge Landing of Stage 1 Booster a Spectacular Failure One can learn much more from failures, than from successes. SpaceX put a lot of effort into its rocket boosters to achieve successful space launch. If … Continue reading

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Heaven Is A Long-Shot Gamble Part II

According to the KISS study, the cost for a future mission to identify and return a 500 ton asteroid to low earth orbit is ~$2.6 billion USD, ignoring the costs to develop the infrastructure necessary to process the materials in … Continue reading

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Weak Global Economy to Suppress Oil Prices Through 2016

Oil Production Outstrips Weak Global Demand The International Energy Agency (IEA) November report offers no hope for an oil-price recovery any time soon. Over-supply and weak demand for oil will dominate through 2016. … The IEA and EIA reports taken … Continue reading

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Motherships and Rocketships

Satellites today are launched via booster rocket from a limited number of ground facilities, which can involve a month or longer of preparation for a small payload and significant cost for each mission. Launch costs are driven in part today … Continue reading

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Coming Boom in Cis-Lunar Space Economy

Humans need a challenge — a frontier — to master. In the absence of tangible challenges, humans will turn to war — or they will turn inward, worrying about vanishingly unlikely dangers such as climate apocalypse, peak oil Armageddon, overpopulation … Continue reading

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Malaise: NASA Abandons Space, Embraces Global Collapse

Update: NASA is rapidly backstepping away from the study discussed below. NASA officials claim that although they helped fund the study, that they are not to be held responsible for its conclusions, should they prove unpopular with anyone who matters. … Continue reading

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