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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Forum Etiquette
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Giving Mars a magnetosphere might be doable near-term

I ran across this ( 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!
Space Architect
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What would for Mars look like? 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 ...
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...
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 ( essay which inspired the name Maximum Jailbreak, an...
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. ...
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Recycling in Space: Waste Handling in a Microgravity Environment Challenge

NASA has this cool challenge going on: Recycling in Space: Waste Handling in a Microgravity Environment Challenge ( and I was wondering if anyone is interested in forming a team to participate ...
Space Architect
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Why "Maximum Jailbreak"

Thanks Yalda for finding this great name for our magazine / media initiative! The name is explained in this post, with references: Maximum Jailbreak, and the legacy of Stephen Hawking
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Co-Founder, Space Cooperative
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Lunar Reconniassance Ballistic Platform Project Proposal

Proposal: A Lunar uncrewed vehicle for surface exploration and site survey operations. Rationale: It has been earlier studied Lunar exploration could be well-served by aerial surveys of interesting locations on the Moon. With no atmosphere to really speak of on the Moon, it would be necess...
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