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A space agency needs to do a launch, even it being poor. What about a helium balloon with a camera and GPS?
What if the future of space travel and colonization is VR? Participants could spend most of their time in fully immersive VR that provides any pleasant environment they wish - complete with earth like conditions such as water, plants and earth gravity. The care of the participants bodies might also be simplified with life support systems. Participants would be free to leave the simulation when they liked or to remote control robots from within the simulation. Changes to the physical environment could be rare and carefully planned. A substantial preference for living in the simulation could enable very simple physical structures that could be easy to build, shield, and maintain. This could make very long term space flights more bearable and be more desirable than cryonic suspension.
Dear Space Decentral members, My name is Paul and I'm new to this decentralized platform. I'm 26, and though my experiences aren't related specifically within sciences or space exploration, I've had a great interest in sciences and space, including the study of consciousness exploration. My past experiences have slowly but surely put me on a path of self-exploration and questioning authority, which comes with its ownset of consequences (doubt, insecurity, and an understanding of the proverbial phrase "Ignorance is bliss"). But I digress. The reason I am posting here is because I would like to "test the waters" so to speak. To put it mildly and boldly, I follow closely the subculture of burried secrets. Some of you may call it conspiracy theory, I would argue they are closer to true conspiracy cases. I will do my best to offer a condensed version of a very long and on-going story. Starting just before WWII. The story goes, the germans were very much interested in occult knowledge dabbling with the Madame Blavatsky and the theosophical society. This eventually led to Nazi Germany developping counter-rotating magnetic field that create an electric and gravitational field around it, allowing it to cancel (or more precisely, greatly reduce) it's mass. This is the same phenmomena discovered by Thomson Brown-Field, aka Brownfield effect, and more commonly known as the field of electro-gravitics (or the misnomer anti-gravity) What came out of this is a german craft called Die Glocke (The Bell) resembling, you guessed it, a bell shape craft with the properties aforementioned. After the War, the Germans played the long-term game of hiding their traces by leaving for Antarctica where they founded a covert R&D Base. What ensued that for decades is a close cooperation between German factions and certain US Military projects, especially in the Navy, to develop a space-faring military army. This eventually give birth to the Secret Space Program born in the 1980s with projects like Solar Warden, and that are continuing to this day. So far, I haven't linked to a single evidence or first hand testimonies. And I have probably made myself look like a fool already by conventional standards. But here's my take, and why I wanted to post this. I believe that the classified military-defense-industries already possess the technologies to make us go Interstellar. In fact, you wouldn't rely on fossil fuel to venture into the void. The technologies include zero point energy field (so-called quantum vaccum energy) systems, using the power of counter rotating currents to access abundant, clean energy anywhere in the local Universe. Is this something this community is interested in knowing, or at least in discussing some of the details? I will post below some of the links that those that are interested, and skeptic alike can check out. Ultimately, my goal is to share ideas with other like-minded folks. We are nothing without the most crucial factor for our survival: adaptability. But I think that's more than enough time. After all, I am not really trying to convince anyone here, just to open a stream of thoughts. 1) Zero Point: The Story of Mark McCandlish and the Fluxliner (Documentary, 2016) https://vimeo.com/133170463 2) Mt Shasta Secret Space Program Conference - Corey Goode (SSP Insider/Whistleblower) Presentation Pt. I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXhulEQib5U&t=1943s 3) Dr. Paul LaViolette Presents Secrets of Antigravity Propulsion (Youtube, 2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifEgGMFK-VU Thank you for your time. Paul
Energy is a critical limiting factor in plans to develop a base on Mars into a manufacturing facility that can expand into a self-sufficient colony. It limits how much subsurface ice can be melted and processed, how many structural bricks can be baked, how much iron and glass can be smelted, and critically, how much CO2 and water can be processed into rocket fuel, plastics, and lubricants. The extreme cold also means that many types of equipment left outside will need to be heated to keep them operational. Importing power generation systems from earth would be costly for the organization sponsoring the base, and would limit what the colonists could do in terms of growing their industry during the 18 month periods between launch windows. Additionally, unexpected failure of power generation systems that cannot be replaced on-site would put the colony in danger, or at least drastically slow down its industrial growth. Using resources that are relatively simple to refine and readily available on Mars, like iron, glass, and polyethylene, what energy generation systems could be mass-produced by martian colonists with minimal use of materials imported from earth? The book “Mars: Prospective Energy and Material Resources” by Vlorel Badescu, which I read a year or so ago, gives several options, some more realistic than others. Two that stand out from a simplicity of manufacturing perspective are wind turbines and solar-thermal generators. (Yes, wind power is possible on mars, it’s because of the higher density of CO2 and the higher wind speeds) How would you go about designing and manufacturing these systems, or can you think of an alternative? I’m thinking that this could turn into a project that someone could build in their backyard at fairly low cost, which would demonstrate a piece of space technology that would be very useful to base designers and mission planners.
This seemed like the appropriate place to share my crazy-far-out vision for the future of space travel. If you’ve looked at my SMAP proposal, or really any of my other posts on this forum, you’ll know I’m very enthusiastic about a propulsion technology called the plasma magnet sail, which is a magnetic sail design that in theory has a ridiculously high thrust to weight ratio, so much so that a high-performance spacecraft could use the solar wind to accelerate up to a terminal velocity of 300-800 km/s in a few days. This is very useful if you want to travel away from the sun, but the problem is stopping at your designation. There are a few ways of slowing down using the magnetospheres or atmospheres of planets, or using conventional propulsion, but none will work at hundreds of kilometers per second. The answer is the magnetized plasma beam (Magbeam), developed by Robert Winglee report here (https://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/space/magbeam/WingleePhaseI_final.pdf). This is a self-focusing plasma beam produced by a helicon plasma source. Its range is not great in Earth’s magnetosphere, but in the solar wind, its expansion is diffusion-limited. A Magbeam could likely connect with a large dipole magnetic field like that generated by a plasma magnet at a distance of an AU or more. If it was using hydrogen (which is far from ideal), a Magbeam with an average ion energy of 10ev would need to have a beam power of about 200 megawatts to slow down a 100 ton spacecraft traveling at 450 km/s over a distance of less than an AU. The beam would need to fire continuously for about a week, expending 277 tons of hydrogen. Building a helicon system at this power level would be a massive engineering challenge, but I don’t see any physics limitations that would prevent it from being scaled up this far. A station like this would need a power supply on the order of a gigawatt, and probably be built into a small icy moon or asteroid to use as a heat sink and source of hydrogen. A network of these stations across the solar system would allow travel to the outer planets on timescales of a few months, but only when the orbits of the origin and designation planets line up so that the route of travel is directly away from the sun. However, by dialing up the ion energy to 20ev, the Magbeam station could boost a stationary spacecraft to a speed of around 50 km/s in any direction. This is nowhere near solar wind speed, but still fast enough to cover an AU of distance in about a month. Relatively simple and inexpensive spacecraft could travel between any two of these stations on timescales of weeks in the inner solar system and a few years in the outer solar system. This would allow large numbers of colonists to immigrate to established settlements in space, even ones in the outer solar system. It could also allow significant 2-way trade between colonies, maybe even to the point that their economies could specialize.
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- Initial collaboration is fostered through the community-driven curation of a portfolio of projects
- Requirements and goals are defined for the projects in order to guide the solution stage
- Community members are incentivized to submit open-source action plans through a competitive “request for proposals” process
- Action plans are vetted using a transparent decision-making process
- The best proposal for each project will be added to a digital commons, with alternates archived
- Everyone will have access to these shared commons and will be enabled to take action
- Funds are collectively raised to support the development, testing, and launch of top action plans
- Jobs are created and work contracts are assigned based on solution proposals
- Collaborative research and shared visions become realities
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