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This thread will hold all of the follow up messages from our previous Coral Meeting, so that everyone can access it. Feel free to reply to anything discussed in them, and if you have any questions this is the place to ask as well. Meeting videos and minutes can be accessed in our meeting archives (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1cDmf-4R2SvflPOqb9O55kMlVikWuQkEF). For more information, you can visit our Coral Handbook (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1oFv1bG8cV8s9etSiW_CpqyLaMCpIO3V0ogMexp8umXI/edit?usp=sharing). You can also access our GitHub (https://github.com/spacedecentral/Coral#boards?repos=141067438) repo to view and work on the available tasks.
Engineering Plants For Vertical Farms Feasibility Study Vertical farming with hydroponics offers a precise way to deliver scarce nutrients and water to plants in a way that uses more of the available space in an enclosed area. These features seem to make vertical hydroponic farming a perfect fit for space exploration. However, the technique is not suitable for every variety of plant. Staples like wheat and corn grow too tall to make efficient use of vertical space. I propose that we initiate a study on the feasibility of adapting plants, perhaps first focusing on wheat and corn, to the common parameters for vertical hydroponic farming. Imagine corn and wheat with full sized grains but short stocks and root systems. In practice this may involve selective breading or direct genetic modifications. If successful, this research could benefit future space explorers and provide immediate benefits to farmers here at home. Roles: Lead scientist, Lab Assistant
I'm super excited for Maximum Jailbreak! It's such a great idea and I can really see a firm reader base and community forming around it. Some features I think could work well: Reviews of emerging space technologies Sci-fi short story competitions Op-eds on issues like private asteroid mining companies, how land rights work in space, etc Interviews with astronauts and scientists working on spacefaring technology and theories (Accounts of a typical day on the ISS, for example) Educational resources that help and encourage civilian astronomy and science Space photography competitions Listicles - 10 things you didn't know about black holes I think it could be an idea to encourage children to get involved in space (and in this project), and there are a whole bunch of ways to do that, such as age-limited essay competitions, articles like "How To Become An Astronaut", etc. I'm a seasoned journalist, managing editor, and blockchain content marketer, and I'm a huge fan of the project - really looking forward to contributing when the magazine is live. I'd be happy to create some written content as a contribution for the initial launch, or to suggest more in-depth marketing and content strategy in the form of a spreadsheet. Please feel free to use or add to any of these ideas yourselves if any of them catch your eye, and I'd love to hear what kind of content you'd like to see on Maximum Jailbreak!
*Planet Venus is the best planet in the Solar System for colonization. * First, it is the closest one to the Earth - about 40 million kilometers, compared to 50 million to Mars. Also, there is a much frequent launch window (every 584 days), compared to the 780 days for Mars**. It is similar to Earth by its size - slightly smaller than Earth, which provides almost the same gravity - 0,9g, compared to the 0.38g only on Mars. Gravity is crucial for the human's skeleton-muscular body system's health. Venus has a thick, extremely hot (500 deg.C) and Sulfur-Acidic Atmosphere with a deadly Pressure of 100 bar on the surface, but with the PERFECT 1 bar and 27 deg.C temp, at 50 km altitude, far above the acidic layer. Also, there is a Quasi-Magnetic Field and more layers of CO2 atmosphere above that altitude, which are perfect shield against the lethal space and Solar radiation. All this cannot be met on Mars, for example. Venus is closer to the Sun which offers much more solar energy, which could be harnessed by PV-solar panels, than on the Earth's orbit. The CO2- and H2SO4-rich Venus's atmosphere will provide enough Oxygen for breathing and Hydrogen for Water-synthesis and Spaceship's Fuel. Also, the CO2 will be needed for food-plants farming and lots of Hydrocarbons as Polymers, Medicines, Textiles, and various Chemical raw materials', etc. production, needed for the future Venus's Human Colonies. All these conditions make the Venus's Tropo-Stratosphere a perfect place for human's living and colonization - so perfect, that humans could also work outside the ship even without specially pressurized and thermally-insulated suits. There are strong winds at that altitude with speeds of about 350 km/h, but they won't be a problem because the human's colony will fly inside, together with these wind streams, and will remain synchronized and still. These winds will help the Colony to make a full turn around the planet for less than 5 Earth days, instead of the regular Venus turn = 120 Earth's days, if fixed on a stationary Venus-synchronous orbit. There could be built *giant cities hovering aloft *the Venus's atmosphere, by the help of large Hydrogen Airship Platforms, made of super-strong, super-thin and lightweight Basalt-Fiber SOH-Gas-Plasma-Welded Composite Textile, with high acid / oxidation, UV- and heat-resistance. The Cities could be connected by "flyroads", kept aloft by lots of electric propellers, powered by PV-Solar and/or MOH-Gas Fuel Stations. The Electric-Propeller Option could be used for keeping the Cities aloft themselves as well. Basalt Rock raw material will be mined on the Moon, where it is abundant. The Basalt-Composite Construction Elements will be also produced there, in underground factories, well-protected against space/solar radiation and meteorites, and then delivered by spaceships to Venus at a low cost. There is also enough water and oxygen on the Moon, and much more minerals, needed for the Basalt mining and various else products manufacturing. Super-strong and High-melting point (2,715 deg.C) Zirconia-Fiber Composites could be used for building fully thermally-insulated and acidity-resistant Venus's On-Land Stations as well. Zirconia is the best thermal insulator and 100% chemically inert ceramic. Here is a link to a video about the NASA's Project *for the *Venus's colonization : https://youtu.be/0az7DEwG68A (http://) WIKIPEDIA : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ColonizationofVenus (http://) Grainis ltd. Hydrogen Bulgaria -- https://fuels.alle.bg (http://) , firstname.lastname@example.org
I ran across this (https://medium.com/our-space/an-artificial-martian-magnetosphere-fd3803ea600c) blog post, which presented a design for a spacecraft capable of generating a magnetic field big enough to protect all of Mars from solar particle radiation. The design uses a 415 megawatt nuclear reactor to power a 57 ton copper solenoid. Since I am working on a proposal for a mission to demonstrate a powerful magnetic sail technology, (called a plasma magnet) I went ahead and did a back-of-the-calculator estimate on what it would take to get similar performance. If scaling relations for the plasma magnet hold up to thousands of kilometers, then a set of coils 14 meters in diameter, made of aluminum, with about 1 ton of mass would only need 600 kilowatts of electrical power to create a Mars-sized magnetosphere. This is only 12 times what the ISS solar array would produce at Mars. The only problem I can see is that a magnetic sail this large would generate almost 300 kilonewtons of thrust. You’d probably have to attach it to a small asteroid to keep it balanced on the Lagrange point. If it really is possible to give Mars a magnetosphere with currently existing technology and a few BFR flights (and my cubesat mission would go a long way towards showing that), then would it be worthwhile for a colonization project to do this early on? I’ve seen conflicting opinions on how dangerous solar activity is for people on the surface.
Let's use this post to propose topics for next week's meeting. We can also begin discussion right here!
The Space Decentral Way
- 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
- Contributions are rewarded upon commercial adoption of solutions seeded from the digital commons