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How can an idea turn into a plan? It needs to be discussed, analyzed and debated. The intention of the discussion forum is to facilitate conversations that lead to action.


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Proposal: Engineering Plants For Vertical Farms Feasibility Study

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 ...
Self
Software Development/Government Design
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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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Giving Mars a magnetosphere might be doable near-term

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 ...
Student, engineering / plasma physics
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Discussion topics for Coral meeting

Let's use this post to propose topics for next week's meeting. We can also begin discussion right here!
Suzi
Space Architect
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GALAXY RE-QUEST...

"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...
Dil2
Not retiring; not too shy
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openstreetmaps.org for Mars

What would openstreetmaps.org for Mars look like? Openstreetmaps.org allows regular people to help build a map of every place on earth. It is a big editing toolbox that allows you to position roads, paths, buildings, and landmarks. If the same type of tool was available for Mars, what types of...
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Proposal: Low Mass Boring Object (LMBO) How low can you go?

There may be many benefits to boring holes and filling them with inflatable structures. To make this style of space architecture feasible we need a boring machine that can be realistically transported, maintained, and operated in space environments. I'm proposing that we: Explore which ...
Self
Software Development/Government Design
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Role Playing In the Model City

I'd like to make a suggestion for the model city. Perhaps we could enlist experts in role playing game design to create a role playing strategy for the participants in the model city to explore political, social, cultural and every other type of scenario. It could be a fun, productive experience...
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Software Development/Government Design
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Logo and Avatar design competition for Maximum Jailbreak

We’re launching a logo and avatar design competition for Maximum Jailbreak, with a reward to the winner. To understand what we are looking for, please read Benedict Singleton's (https://www.e-flux.com/journal/46/60088/maximum-jailbreak/) essay which inspired the name Maximum Jailbreak, an...
Suzi
Space Architect
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Inflatable Lunar Habitats

Inflatables offer unique benefits for initial habitats. Their construction can be done on Earth where all materials, expertise, and testing is readily available. They can use high-strength material such as Kevlar. They can be packaged tightly within a payload yet expand to very large volumes. ...