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Bringing Humans to Mars and Humanity Together

Since I am making the first post to Black Sky, I'd like to start with a blog post from Charlie Bolden, President Obama's NASA Administrator. that resonates with our motto 'To Space, Together." It does not matter that we will and must return humans to the Moon first. The point is that just lik...
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Founder of Space Architecture as a Discipline
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Space Legislature for space mining?

Hello fellow asteroid miners. What are your views on the current discussion at Davos and on the upcoming UNCOPUOS session on space mining?
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Transhumanist - PhD candidate in space manufacturing law. Space mining specialist.
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Asteroid Mining Vehicle

This post is to discuss the technology behind an asteroid mining vehicle. Some points to ponder: How will the craft securely attach itself to the asteroid once it gets there? What about movement on the asteroid? What types of tooling is needed to drill into an asteroid of X makeup? ...
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Moon Versus Mars?

Can NASA Do the Moon OR Mars Without Losing the Other Constituency? Here is the challenge and the contradiction. Both the Moon and Mars constituencies are intensely passionate about going to their chosen celestial body. Nearly everyone in each camp sees it as a zero-sum game, e.g.: "If we t...
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Founder of Space Architecture as a Discipline
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Colonization of Venus

*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 ...
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Quick, Quality Courses for Blockchain and Space Fundamentals

One of the reasons I like the project is the caliber of the founding team. They are driven, well-credentialed, and bring accomplished domain experience. The project aims to be open to anybody, so I thought a good idea would be for those of us lacking domain experience to get up to speed on the...
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MH12500 HLLV Module Update

This is basically my original concept for the MH12500 Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle standardised module. The baseline stats (basicly the mass budget allowances) are essentially identical to those I noted for the MH12500A module (the more advanced version). Although the mass budget is in the same rang...
Concepts Development, Organisation, Operations Specialist
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Introducing the MH12500A HLLV module

This is a 12.5m x 25m "wet-workshop" module currently under development. It is a derivative of an older, purely cylindrical design (an updated version of which I expect to post in the near future... once I have solved a problem that I am having with my CAD programme). As a "wet-workshop" desig...
Concepts Development, Organisation, Operations Specialist
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Bootstrappable Energy

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 ...
Student, engineering / plasma physics
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"Galaxy Quest" proposed flipping a Science Fiction TV show into a reality that even the cast didn't expect. This project is a reality that most of the world is unaware of. Suppose you launch a story about a group of dreamers putting a space venture together. As the story progresses viewers mig...
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