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Selling the need for space development and settlement
Kim Peart

In the transcript there is some discussion on what will inspire action on space development and settlement.

I suggest that fronting up to the carbon problem could be the key to selling the need for serious action on space.

The problem as I understand it is that to keep our planet’s temperature rise below 1.5C, atmospheric CO2 must be below 350 parts per million (ppm).

This is the finding of the grandfather of climate science, James Hansen, spelt out in his 2009 book ~ Storms of My Grandchildren.

The nations had been running with the need to keep the global temperature below 2C, but in the Paris climate change conference last December, which Hansen attended for the first time, the nations accepted Hansen’s finding on 1.5C, but did not commit to the level of action that would deliver that.

The world is in two minds and wishful thinking will not solve the carbon problem.

The trouble is, no nation knows how to solve the carbon problem.

Atmospheric CO2 has now passed 400 ppm and our planet’s temperature rise is now passing 1C.

Atmospheric CO2 at 400 ppm and rising is going to deliver a temperature rise beyond 2C, which the nations have accepted will be heading into the danger zone.

As atmospheric CO2 rises, the planet heats up further, which kicks back into heating up faster places like the Arctic, where greenhouse gases are being released now from melting permafrost and dissolving ocean floor methane hydrates.

The oceans are also being warmed and the seas are becoming more acidic, as CO2 is absorbed from the air, which is becoming a survival problem for many marine species.

CO2 can be extracted from the air and the carbon cracked out of CO2, but this basic chemistry requires a huge amount of energy.

The volume of carbon in the air that must be dealt with is multiple gigatons.

Scientists can tell us how many gigatons with every ppm CO2 rise, so the problem is known quite intimately.

Faced with a problem created by human activity and now by Nature on a warming planet, where can we get the level of energy needed to directly extract excess carbon from the air, as quickly as possible, to get atmospheric CO2 back below 350 ppm?

We could build solar power stations in space to access the virtually unlimited energy well our our star.

I find it helpful to keep in mind that our Sun is now 35% hotter than at its birth 4.5 billion years ago and will continue to warm over the next 5 billion years, until expanding to the orbit of the Earth as a red giant star.

This is the basic astronomy of any star like our Sun.

So much fuel in reserve.

So much energy available for our needs.

The closer a solar power station is located to the Sun, the more power is generated.

It is easier to send an object in toward the Sun, than out again.

Solar power stations closer to the Sun would be able to beam energy to the outer Solar System.

Life only has around a billion years to run on Earth, before the planet gets too hot under a warming star.

Hansan fears that we are setting the stage to bring on the end of life on Earth a billion years too soon, by causing a runaway greenhouse effect.

In his 2009 book ~ The Disappearing Face Of Gaia ~ James lovelock warns that, because our star is getting warmer, our disruption of the Earth’s life support systems will lead to rapid change to a permanently hotter environment.

Lovelock sees the need for WWII level action and wonders why it isn’t happening.

With the basic information that a problem on Earth can be solved in space, there should be a resounding argument for immediate emergency level space development.

Building solar power stations in space will launch industry beyond Earth and open the way to construct orbital space settlements.

At this level of action, arks can be built in space, which would be a safety net for life, should environmental conditions deteriorate rapidly on Earth.

With industry in space, we would also be able to build home planet defences against asteroids and comets.

Sadly, we have pursued space on the cheap for decades and there is so much space junk above Earth, that a space junk cascade could result, destroying all satellites and locking space against anything leaving Earth for hundreds of Years.

This problem has inspired the Australian Government to invest $150 million to manage and seek to solve ~
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-07/new-research-centre-to-remove-space-junk-save-satellites/5306286

Knowing there is a percentage chance that we are in a race against a space junk cascade clock, we need a plan that will deliver a permanent presence beyond the space junk zone as soon as possible.

This may be achieved with a mini robot space program, which would build a sustainable industrial level at a small scale in space, which being sustainable, could then be used to build anything larger.

The mini robot base can be managed from Earth via remote control systems, automation and AI.

Lacking any kind of permanent presence beyond Earth, should a space junk cascade hit, we would be trapped on Earth without hope.

The falling stars would be bright at night and some people would be killed by space junk.

As Galileo discovered, established world views are not open to demonstrable evidence. 

Similarly, we cannot expect vested interests in fossil carbon energy to look kindly on an unlimited energy well that will take away their power and money.

Our carbon problem now is a direct result of burning too much fossil fuel for too long, instead of using fossil fuel to make an energy transition to the power of the Sun.

O’Neill saw the benefit of the transition, but the fossil fuel lobby won the energy debate.

"If this development comes to pass, we will find ourselves here on Earth with a clean energy source, and we will further improve our environment by saving, each year, over a billion tons of fossil fuels,”

I explore this in my article ~ A Deeper Level of Denial” ~
http://spacepioneers.com.au/articles/denial.html

Another body of opposition is the conservation movement, which is focused on the Earth and has no wish to look at space solutions to Earth problems.

I have written to many academics who have written on the carbon problem and am either ignored, or the response received can be quite angry.

The Green lobby is powerful and is like a religion and expects all to follow their way on Earth alone.

In this mix, the Green position is in virtual lock-step with carbon energy interests.

A Boston professor wrote to me once, “My feet are firmly on the Earth.”

Its like a flat-Earth movement that refuses to see or wish to explore what a future would be like for humankind in the Solar System as a whole.

Worse, active opposition to space options can be expected.

See the comments below from Rosalie Woodruff, a serving Green member in the Tasmanian Parliament.

I had asked Rosalie if she had a plan to deal with the carbon problem, as described above.

I was not told about a plan.

They will fight for their view, but will not explore any alternative option, or consider evidence that differs from their views.

Such is dogma.

Many people simply have no idea and struggle day to day from crisis to crisis.

It would be good if a bunch of scientists could be brought together to crunch the figures on dealing with excess carbon in the air and how solar power stations in space could be employed to solve the problem.

Earth-based energy options could also be employed, but would not be enough to solve the problem.

With a body of evidence as strong as a sledge hammer, the space option could be promoted, with the aim of winning a critical level of support for a space future that wins back a safe Earth.

I suggest that a critical number of keen people would need to be ten million, but if fewer, fine.

If more will be needed, then more work will be needed to sell the vision with evidence.

Ten million keen people could connect globally by Email, the Internet and the virtual worlds, to plan local action toward building celestial futures.

Ten million keen people could change the dynamic on Earth, by demanding action and driving investment.

Ten million keen people could build a space future and save the Earth.

The space movement is therefore the ultimate Green movement, which can also build a future that delivers a healthy and creative life for all Earth’s children.

Aiming for that will be the way to peace on Earth and in space.

For ten million keen people, that work begins now on Earth, laying the foundations of a stellar economy and civilisation among the stars.

A movement of ten million keen people can begin with ten empowered individuals, who set an example by leading the way.

That is the difference between politics and nation building.

The aim is to build a new nation beyond Earth, which will be the light of human civilisation.

Success will create a much more advanced civilisation, than the one we will get clinging to the Earthly nest.

When the space option is fully explored, every problem on Earth can be solved.

Junk in the oceans, for instance, can be cleaned up by robots built in space factories.

There is not enough energy or money available on Earth to build the number of robots that would be needed to clean up the oceans.

Only with a stellar economy in space, can we deal with all problems on Earth.

Demonstrating such solutions for Earth will sell the need for space development.

Running with space solutions is also a lot more exciting than planting trees that die in a world getting hotter.

Tasmania just had its hottest summer on record, with bushfires and warmer ocean water moving south along the east coast, also further warming the island.

The article linked below may be of interest, exploring the Anthropocene.

There is no mention of a space option or future in this article.

This tells me the space community has totally failed to sell space at a level that counts.

In the future, when I read an article like this and it includes a space option, I will know the space community has woken up to the need to sell space.

In the meantime the Earth lobbies, both conservation and carbon energy, have got the whole world firmly locked down on Earth.

Do we hear nothing from ET, a silence from the stars, because their own conservation and carbon energy lobbies kept their species locked down on their planets, until their own carbon apocalypse brought them down?

As Earth changes intensify and populations begin to move, as we are now seeking out of Syria and Africa, conflicts may happen that slide into nuclear madness.

The first targets in a global conflict will be satellites, which can bring on a space junk cascade, which will lock any nuclear war survivors on Earth.

If that is how ET bows out, that could be our own fate in waiting.

If we wish to invest in cosmic survival for the children of Earth, then we may need to be swift.

The alternative may be to become a contributor to the silence among the stars.

Kim Peart



'Surviving the Anthropocene: What's Next for Humanity?'
Jedediah Purdy   1 Mar 2016   ABC Online (Religion & Ethics)
http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2016/03/01/4416386.htm

"As a driver of global change, humanity has outstripped geology.”

"The world we inhabit will henceforth be the world we have made.”

"The conversation about climate change has shifted from whether we can keep greenhouse-gas concentrations below key thresholds to how we are going to adapt when they cross those thresholds. Geo-engineering, deliberately intervening in planetary systems, used to be the unspeakable proposal in climate policy. Now it is in the mix and almost sure to grow more prominent.”

"Either the Anthropocene will be democratic or it will be horrible.”


MY COMMENT ~

This essay is a realistic exploration of the world we are making on Earth, but leaves out the game changer of what our future would be like with a permanent presence beyond Earth. In space the main energy is from the Sun and our star is a virtually unlimited energy well. Therefore, matched with the planets, moons, asteroids, comets and trillions of objects in the Solar System, a stellar economy would be able to bring energy to dealing with problems on Earth. Excess atmospheric carbon can be extracted and processed into a useful resource for Earth and space industries. The wealth generated by a stellar economy could deliver a healthy and creative life for all Earth's children. By delivering on that which can be delivered, peace will be built on Earth and in space. If we will not imagine the best that can be gained by a stellar economy in the Solar System, then we may simply be trapped in the worst that the Anthropocene can deliver on Earth. Worse still, is the fact that we become cruel when seeking to survive on a planet that cannot provide the expected good life for all. In Australia this is seen in our treatment of refugees. In Europe a refugee nightmare is rising fast, with cruel ways expected to lock in, to protect the good life. Will philosophers begin exploring the potential of the stellar civilisation, or dutifully follow the migration of humankind into hell on Earth?

Kim Peart



Hi Kim

We'll have to agree to disagree about the Third Way. I strongly believe that humans need to be responsible for our own mess, and that we need to put all our resources - financial and mental - into sorting out our problems on Earth.

I think you've got lots to contribute to problem solving the here and now, and I don't think our problems are unsolveable if we all get into it.

Best wishes,

Rosalie

Rosalie Woodruff MP
Member for Franklin


I don’t doubt there’s a huge task. I’ve read Hansen extensively, and I agree with the science of 350ppm etc. I don’t know if we’ll be successful, but that’s what I’m working to achieve.
 
My point is that I don’t agree with putting energy into escaping the problems we’ve made by looking to jumping ship and heading into space. This is a dispersion of our energies that is guaranteed to operate against the aim of reducing the ppm!
 
best wishes,
 
Rosalie Woodruff MP
Member for Franklin



Overview Effect meeting transcript. ~ My avatars name is Starfarer ~

On 2 Mar 2016, at 1:24 PM, Aj Burke <ajbieee@gmail.com> wrote:

NEXT Overview Effect Meeting
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
8.00pm Tue 8 Mar 2016 eastern US time
5.00pm Tue 8 Mar 2016 western US time
which is also Second Life time
10.00am 9 Mar 2016 eastern Australian time (Queensland)
in the South Arm of the Space Station above Nautilus City in Second Life
The stargate teleporter is now located in the Space Pioneers embassy at
Nautilus - Eshmun next to Visinda's shop ~ Celestial Spirit.

OVERVIEW EFFECT ~
WEB ~   http://www.overviewinstitute.org/
FILM ~   https://vimeo.com/55073825
BOOK ~
The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution, third edition is now available at aiaa.org and amazon.com
AIAA direct ~ http://arc.aiaa.org/doi/book/10.2514/4.103223
AMAZON direct ~ http://www.amazon.com/Overview-Effect-Exploration-Evolution-Library/dp/162410262X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432781644&sr=8-1&keywords=the+overview+effect
Frank's Twitter ~   https://twitter.com/fwhite66
NASA ISS Live HD Data Feed ~   http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload

NEXT DISCUSSION TOPIC ~ 
Exploration topics continue in our discussion of the space development agenda for the coming expansion of humans into the Solar System. We will continue on Chap 14 next time.

TRANSCRIPT ~
[2016/03/01 16:56]  Starfarer: Howdy AJ
[2016/03/01 16:57]  ajbieee: howdy
[2016/03/01 16:58]  Starfarer: Where are you on Earth at the moment?
[2016/03/01 16:58]  ajbieee: Rocket City...for now
[2016/03/01 16:58]  Starfarer: How was Florida?
[2016/03/01 16:58]  ajbieee: warm
[2016/03/01 16:59]  Starfarer: In a word ~ A
[2016/03/01 16:59]  ajbieee: pretty good trip
[2016/03/01 16:59]  Starfarer: Any luck on the work front there?
[2016/03/01 16:59]  ajbieee: we'll see
[2016/03/01 16:59]  Starfarer: Time will tell
[2016/03/01 16:59]  ajbieee: talked to a couple of people
[2016/03/01 16:59]  ajbieee: just have to wait and see
[2016/03/01 17:00]  Starfarer: OK
[2016/03/01 17:00]  Starfarer: Our land on the hill was settled on Monday ~ we we are the owners now
[2016/03/01 17:00]  ajbieee: place for the telescope?
[2016/03/01 17:00]  Starfarer: Howdy Whitelight
[2016/03/01 17:01]  Starfarer: Step to the stars
[2016/03/01 17:01]  ajbieee: start a little SETI Down Under work?
[2016/03/01 17:01]  Whitelight Christiansen: Hello
[2016/03/01 17:01]  Starfarer: Yep
[2016/03/01 17:01]  ajbieee: Hi White
[2016/03/01 17:01]  Whitelight Christiansen: Hello
[2016/03/01 17:01]  Starfarer: How is life in Boston?
[2016/03/01 17:01]  ajbieee: so plan for just an optical or radio telescope also?
[2016/03/01 17:02]  Starfarer: No decisions on that today ~ a vision to tease out
[2016/03/01 17:02]  Starfarer: sell the idea ~ and see what others may like
[2016/03/01 17:03]  Starfarer: The land next to us is vacant and public, so we have put up the idea of a public lookout for Ross
[2016/03/01 17:03]  Starfarer: This spot could be used for astronomy also
[2016/03/01 17:03]  ajbieee: that's cool
[2016/03/01 17:03]  Starfarer: There is a great interest in astronomy in Tasmania
[2016/03/01 17:04]  Starfarer: Very clear skies at night in Ross
[2016/03/01 17:04]  ajbieee: clear Southern skies...can see forever
[2016/03/01 17:04]  Starfarer: and very minimal light pollution
[2016/03/01 17:04]  ajbieee: that was my thought
[2016/03/01 17:04]  Starfarer: Next to none
[2016/03/01 17:05]  Starfarer: The local community is warming to the idea and the Mayor of the Council _ local government ~ is in support
[2016/03/01 17:05]  ajbieee: should be a nice addition to the community there
[2016/03/01 17:05]  Whitelight Christiansen: What are we talking about?
[2016/03/01 17:06]  ajbieee: Space Pioneers expansion plan?
[2016/03/01 17:06]  Starfarer: We will probably float the idea of a Space Pioneers Astronomy, Rocketry and Robots Club
[2016/03/01 17:06]  Starfarer: What we are doing in Ross
[2016/03/01 17:06]  ajbieee: similar to where I am at Space and Rocket Center
[2016/03/01 17:06]  ajbieee: the Space Camp program that covers all those areas
[2016/03/01 17:07]  Starfarer: Would be 0.001% of Rocket City ~ for now
[2016/03/01 17:07]  Starfarer: Yes ~ a window into an astronaut training program
[2016/03/01 17:07]  ajbieee: plus they have Aviation Challenge here
[2016/03/01 17:08]  ajbieee: for aspiring pilots of the more terrestrial nature
[2016/03/01 17:08]  ajbieee: (suborbital only)
[2016/03/01 17:08]  Starfarer: And we can be global too via the Internet and the virtual worlds
[2016/03/01 17:09]  Starfarer: People can look to space now using the Oculus Rift to drive robots in space
[2016/03/01 17:09]  ajbieee: of course...and get into aviation related with robotics angle
[2016/03/01 17:09]  Starfarer: and see the Earth from Earth in space
[2016/03/01 17:09]  ajbieee: do quadcopters like we talk about last week
[2016/03/01 17:09]  ajbieee: as part of the robotics program
[2016/03/01 17:09]  Starfarer: Yes ~ all is possible
[2016/03/01 17:10]  Whitelight Christiansen: So it is an expansion of Space Pioneers?
[2016/03/01 17:10]  ajbieee: does Australian Scouting have presence in Tasmania, Starfarer?
[2016/03/01 17:11]  ajbieee: might be a place to start recruiting
[2016/03/01 17:11]  Starfarer: Yes ~ the long awaited beginning of the Real Life work on Earth ~ aiming for the stars
[2016/03/01 17:11]  ajbieee: for your version of Space Camp there down under
[2016/03/01 17:11]  Whitelight Christiansen: Ok
[2016/03/01 17:11]  Starfarer: Yes ~ Scouting is strong in Tasmania and could be included
[2016/03/01 17:12]  ajbieee: just that they have the organization already
[2016/03/01 17:12]  Starfarer: We will speak with astronomy at the University of Tasmania ~ this will lead to some direct action
[2016/03/01 17:12]  Starfarer: Many groups like Scouts can be invited also
[2016/03/01 17:12]  ajbieee: and are usually looking for fun and educational things for their troops
[2016/03/01 17:13]  Starfarer: The other side of our activities in Ross are working with the pioneer skills from the colonial days ~ such as dry stone wall building
[2016/03/01 17:13]  Starfarer: So that would suit the Scouts to the hilt
[2016/03/01 17:14]  Starfarer: Hi there Visinda
[2016/03/01 17:14]  ajbieee: that is something that they teach back home in NC at the Arboretum each Summer
[2016/03/01 17:14]  ajbieee: Hi Visinda
[2016/03/01 17:15]  Visinda: Hello all
[2016/03/01 17:15]  Starfarer: We look to colonial pioneer skills and star gazing being part of astronaut training
[2016/03/01 17:15]  ajbieee: think that is spot on for that Mars One Base image in the big screen on the end of our meeting room
[2016/03/01 17:15]  Starfarer: A tourist coach pulls up out the front of our house this morning ~ and tourist flood out
[2016/03/01 17:16]  Starfarer: There is a coach out there now
[2016/03/01 17:16]  Starfarer: So many photos are being taken of my barbed wire canoe in the front yard
[2016/03/01 17:16]  ajbieee: maybe if you get to the point of building a camp like Scouts have you use that Mars One shot as a model?
[2016/03/01 17:17]  Starfarer: The arts will also play a large role
[2016/03/01 17:17]  ajbieee: speaking of Mars One I see they are shipping their new book now
[2016/03/01 17:17]  Starfarer: The barbed wire canoe is the beginning of a sculpture garden in our front yeard
[2016/03/01 17:17]  ajbieee: I should be getting on of those as a contributor
[2016/03/01 17:18]  Starfarer: Too right
[2016/03/01 17:18]  ajbieee: here is the link on Amazon for anyone interested
[2016/03/01 17:18]  ajbieee: Mars One: Humanity's Next Great Adventure: Inside the First Human
[2016/03/01 17:18]  Starfarer: One day we will have to invite Mr Frank White to speak about the Overview Effect at Space Pioneers in Ross, Tasmania
[2016/03/01 17:19]  ajbieee: and autograph some Over Effect books?
[2016/03/01 17:19]  Starfarer: Thanks for that
[2016/03/01 17:20]  ajbieee: speaking of which...perhaps we should get some "work done" and cover the rest of Chap 13?
[2016/03/01 17:20]  Starfarer: I think Whitelight has fallen asleep
[2016/03/01 17:20]  Starfarer: But we can address the Chap 13 matter
[2016/03/01 17:21]  Starfarer: What would you say?
[2016/03/01 17:21]  ajbieee: OK
[2016/03/01 17:21]  Whitelight Christiansen: I had to go help Donna, but I am back. This may keep happening
[2016/03/01 17:21]  ajbieee: have my Overview Effect book open to Chap 13 An Overview of the New Civilizations
[2016/03/01 17:21]  Starfarer: OK ~ Do you see your invitation?
[2016/03/01 17:22]  Whitelight Christiansen: Where did we leave off on Chapter 13?
[2016/03/01 17:22]  Starfarer: You must catch up on all this chatter in the transcript
[2016/03/01 17:23]  ajbieee: around Bill Nelsons' comments on pioneering the space frontier?
[2016/03/01 17:23]  Starfarer: We may have been broaching the dynamics of making human society work in space ~ and without war
[2016/03/01 17:24]  Whitelight Christiansen: Yes, and also talking about the vision of the President's Commission on Space back in the mid-1980s.
[2016/03/01 17:25]  Whitelight Christiansen: The Commission had a great plan, but it was overshadowed by the Challenger accident and no one was interested in bold visions for space exploration when the report came out.
[2016/03/01 17:26]  ajbieee: people do "love a train wreak" unfortunately
[2016/03/01 17:26]  Whitelight Christiansen: We had a "Declaration for Space" and principles for pioneers, and it was really the beginning of a philosophy for space exploration.
[2016/03/01 17:26]  Starfarer: It would be great to have a think tank working group to hammer out a new vision ow
[2016/03/01 17:26]  Whitelight Christiansen: Yes, maybe we can have that done.
[2016/03/01 17:26]  Starfarer: now
[2016/03/01 17:26]  ajbieee: the really BIG think that has happened since mid-1980's has to be exoplanet exploration with all the new space telescopes
[2016/03/01 17:27]  Whitelight Christiansen: I have been working on an "Academy in Space" initiative, and I want to email all of you the plan for that.
[2016/03/01 17:27]  Starfarer: The world looks to space as if an extension of Earth at present, so war is seen as part of a space future
[2016/03/01 17:27]  ajbieee: that sounds like interesting reading, Whitelight
[2016/03/01 17:27]  Starfarer: I'd love to see that plan ~
[2016/03/01 17:28]  Starfarer: I suspect that if we try to extend current human geopolitics into space, ~ space will be locked against us through conflict
[2016/03/01 17:28]  Whitelight Christiansen: Yes, it is focused on getting universities and colleges to take space exploration and settlement seriously.
[2016/03/01 17:29]  ajbieee: so is this to be a research academy or something else?
[2016/03/01 17:29]  Whitelight Christiansen: It could be a vehicle for building on the space commission report.
[2016/03/01 17:30]  Starfarer: In my view ~ the key to getting universities and colleges to take space development and settlement seriously ~ is to point out the conclusion of the Paris climate change conference last December
[2016/03/01 17:30]  Whitelight Christiansen: No, not an academy, but more an invitation for colleges and universities to tackle space exploration from the perspective of various departments, economics, socioloty, ethics, environment, etc.
[2016/03/01 17:30]  ajbieee: could you expand on that Paris conference conclusion thought?
[2016/03/01 17:31]  Whitelight Christiansen: The Paris Conference could be seen as part of the initiative.
[2016/03/01 17:32]  Starfarer: World Government accepted James Hansen's conclusion that we must keep atmospheric CO2 below 350 parts per million ~ now passing 400
[2016/03/01 17:32]  Starfarer: To keep temperature rise below 1.5C
[2016/03/01 17:33]  Starfarer: But with atmospheric CO2 passing 400 and no stopping in sight ~ the World is going into the danger zone now
[2016/03/01 17:34]  Starfarer: The bottom line of that is ~ we will have to directly extract excess carbon in the air ~ to win back a safe Earth
[2016/03/01 17:34]  Starfarer: That can be done ~ but will take more energy than can be generated on Earth in a time needed to work
[2016/03/01 17:34]  Starfarer: That is why we will need to look to solar power stations in space
[2016/03/01 17:35]  ajbieee: I see
[2016/03/01 17:35]  Starfarer: The needs of Earth now are the key to serious space development
[2016/03/01 17:35]  Whitelight Christiansen: That is the kind of thing the initiative can look at.
[2016/03/01 17:35]  Starfarer: and the way to the stars
[2016/03/01 17:35]  Whitelight Christiansen: Good point. Through the Overview Effect, we have a new vision of the Earth in space. Now, to save the Earth, we must use outer space.
[2016/03/01 17:36]  Starfarer: It would be great to get a bunch of scientists together to crunch the numbers to prove the need for solar power stations in space to win back a safe Earth
[2016/03/01 17:37]  Starfarer: In his 1977 book ~ The High Frontier ~ O'Neill spoke of how much fossil fuel we would not need to burn ~ if we built solar power stations in space
[2016/03/01 17:37]  Whitelight Christiansen: Well, the other point to be made is that someone should look at the benefits of migration off the planet in terms of benefiting the Earth environment.
[2016/03/01 17:37]  ajbieee: that makes the most sense to me
[2016/03/01 17:37]  Whitelight Christiansen: A growing population is clearly straining the carrying capacity of Earth.
[2016/03/01 17:37]  Starfarer: The main work at first will be robotic ~ managed from Earth
[2016/03/01 17:38]  Whitelight Christiansen: But the solar system is the edge of an infinite frontier and the opportunity for an infinite economy.
[2016/03/01 17:38]  ajbieee: that is where robotics and teleoperated vehicles come in
[2016/03/01 17:38]  Starfarer: When the robots and remote control systems can deliver safe habitats in space, then space settlement will be a mild extension of life on Earth
[2016/03/01 17:40]  Starfarer: The big problems in space settlement is getting control of space junk, protection from radiation beyond the Van Allen Belt and protect from space rock ~ even tiny bits
[2016/03/01 17:40]  ajbieee: "from the highlands of the Moon to the plains of Mars" as the space commission document says in Chap 13?
[2016/03/01 17:40]  Whitelight Christiansen: One point I made in Chapter 13 is that when the thirteen colonies of the US came together to create the constitution, they could not predict the future growth of the nation, so they bequeathed their descendants a few basic principles.
[2016/03/01 17:41]  Whitelight Christiansen: Yes, I like that phrase (I wrote it).
[2016/03/01 17:41]  Starfarer: And among the asteroids of the Belt and Jupiers orbital La Grange points
[2016/03/01 17:41]  ajbieee: good phrase
[2016/03/01 17:41]  ajbieee: asteriods are the lego blocks
[2016/03/01 17:41]  Whitelight Christiansen: Chapter 13 also touches on the possibility that we will evolve into a new species, Homo spaciens.
[2016/03/01 17:42]  ajbieee: needed for building the "radiation hardened" model?
[2016/03/01 17:42]  ajbieee: (that is what us space electronics types use to insure viability)
[2016/03/01 17:42]  Starfarer: In a way, we are already a new species ~ as I suspect we could not step back to life before the Industrial Revolution and hope to survive
[2016/03/01 17:43]  Whitelight Christiansen: True.
[2016/03/01 17:43]  ajbieee: not the masses of people living in the cities
[2016/03/01 17:43]  Starfarer: Radiation hardeny ~ yes ~ and also developing light-weight electro-magnetic shields for deep space
[2016/03/01 17:44]  Starfarer: and lasers to zap space rock
[2016/03/01 17:45]  ajbieee: or just directed sunlight with very large space arrays
[2016/03/01 17:45]  Whitelight Christiansen: Eventually, we have to face the fact that humans evolved on this planet and we are not automatically able to live off of it easily.
[2016/03/01 17:46]  Starfarer: That's one way ~ to protect an orbital space settlement with solar power collectors
[2016/03/01 17:46]  ajbieee: some people down in Florida have such large arrays that deploy in space now
[2016/03/01 17:46]  Starfarer: But ~ there is also the problem of cosmic radiation ~ and that can arrive in nasty waves
[2016/03/01 17:47]  ajbieee: they deal with hard radiation, that is, for earth observation and GPS
[2016/03/01 17:47]  Starfarer: They are energy pioneers
[2016/03/01 17:48]  Starfarer: I am sure will will build a solution to every problem ~ if we decide to get real serious about the need for space development
[2016/03/01 17:48]  ajbieee: but the biggest satellite these days is just a toy beside the industrial class space structures needed for true space development
[2016/03/01 17:48]  Starfarer: When we do space development on the cheap ~ we create problems ~ like space junk
[2016/03/01 17:49]  Whitelight Christiansen: I will have to go soon, but want to suggest we talk about Chapter 14 next week. It has some good stuff in it.
[2016/03/01 17:49]  ajbieee: we just need to pick up after ourselves more in space
[2016/03/01 17:49]  ajbieee: sounds great! Chap 14 it is...
[2016/03/01 17:49]  Starfarer: We need to bust through the fiscal barrier to get to the unlimited wealth of space
[2016/03/01 17:49]  Starfarer: Then anything in space will be possible
[2016/03/01 17:50]  Starfarer: A~OK
[2016/03/01 17:50]  ajbieee: that's the ticket...how to fund
[2016/03/01 17:50]  ajbieee: those Mars One guys have that problem
[2016/03/01 17:50]  Starfarer: That is why I suggest we need to inspire a movement of at least ten million keen people
[2016/03/01 17:50]  ajbieee: don't know if reality TV will get it
[2016/03/01 17:50]  Starfarer: They would demand action and drive investment
[2016/03/01 17:51]  ajbieee: although we may have a former reality TV star as our next President in the US
[2016/03/01 17:51]  Starfarer: Trumped
[2016/03/01 17:51]  ajbieee: so maybe you can go places with that model?
[2016/03/01 17:51]  ajbieee: (you got it)
[2016/03/01 17:52]  Starfarer: I suspect Hillery will snatch the seat
[2016/03/01 17:52]  ajbieee: could go that way too
[2016/03/01 17:53]  Starfarer: The mood may be there for the first woman president
[2016/03/01 17:53]  Starfarer: rather than a grumpy old "You're fired" man
[2016/03/01 17:53]  ajbieee: we'll see soon
[2016/03/01 17:53]  Starfarer: I feel that Trump would be a very dangerous choice as president of the USA
[2016/03/01 17:54]  ajbieee: but the guys in my office aren't all that happy with the apparent choices we will have on either side of the ticket
[2016/03/01 17:54]  Starfarer: Could be another hung vote
[2016/03/01 17:54]  ajbieee: and quite honestly I don't know what it will mean for space exploration and development with either of those candidates
[2016/03/01 17:55]  Starfarer: Or an outside runner may race up from behind
[2016/03/01 17:55]  ajbieee: like any horse race, I suppose
[2016/03/01 17:55]  Starfarer: Candidates are politicians
[2016/03/01 17:55]  Starfarer: It's the people who set the wish list ~ by numbers
[2016/03/01 17:55]  Whitelight Christiansen: Interesting discussion, but I must say good night. See you next week!
[2016/03/01 17:56]  ajbieee: OK...goodnight
[2016/03/01 17:56]  Starfarer: OK ~ and Celest
[2016/03/01 17:56]  Visinda: Goodnight
[2016/03/01 17:56]  ajbieee: guess I better get going too
[2016/03/01 17:56]  ajbieee: and get the transcript out
[2016/03/01 17:56]  ajbieee: see you guys next week for Chap 14
[2016/03/01 17:56]  Visinda: OK, bye
[2016/03/01 17:56]  Starfarer: Yes ~ it's been a vibrant discussion
[2016/03/01 17:57]  Starfarer: Celest
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“It’s not good enough to have a generation of kids who think that it’s okay to look forward to having a better version of a cell phone with video in it. They need to look forward to exploration, they need to look forward to colonization, they need to look forward to breakthroughs” – Burt Rutan
 


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