Space Colonization


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Year in Review

  • 1.  Year in Review

    Posted 6 days ago
    Lacking other inputs, here is what I think so far are the biggest things in 2020 for Space Settlement:

    Buy Moon Dirt, Food in ISS, CO2 harvest on Mars 2020/Perseverance (Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment
    (MOXIE)) , and of course Private Space Transport, e.g. Falcon 9/Dragon to ISS, private Artemis awards for landers/bases (Moon Starship for example), and space hotel efforts.

    Other efforts by team: Virualized conferences:  ASCEND 2020, Mars Society,
    Contest: ISSDC 2020 virtual,

    Am I missing any?


    Wording:
    "Like for many TCs, 2020 has proven challenging. Even so, several efforts have laid the groundwork for future space settlement. The MOXIE (Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment), was launched July 30, due to land on Mars on February 18th, 2021.  This experiment will attempt to harvest oxygen from Mars atmosphere. Private space transport to the ISS on the Crew Dragon May 30th will pave the way for an orbital economic ecosystem that can enable space hotels like those planned by Bigelow, Axiom and others.  Further, several technology investments by NASA were announced including the use of SpaceX Starships on the moon, and pricing for delivery of Moon regolith back to Earth. The pricing of dirt sound inoccuous, but such efforts set funding profiles that allow capital investment in companies by allowing revenue projection. COVID-19 forced virtualization of many effort by the TC, including cancellation of the international Space Development Conference, but allowed the Mars Society conference, and critically, AIAA ASCEND 2020 to reformat and proceed to a broader audience than in-person formats. Another interesting virtualization, the International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISSDC) 2020 allowed global teams of high school students to compete in designing very impressive Mars settlements, mentored and judged by many TC members. "

    Thoughts?




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    Bryce Meyer
    O'Fallon MO United States
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  • 2.  RE: Year in Review

    Posted 6 days ago
    Here is what I sent Karen, after some wrangling about images:

    Suggested headline:

    Space Settlement Advances Despite a Challenging 2020

     

    Article:

     

    Like for many TCs, 2020 has proven challenging. Even so, several efforts have laid the groundwork for future space settlement. The MOXIE (Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment), was launched July 30, due to land on Mars on February 18th, 2021.  This experiment will attempt to harvest oxygen from Mars atmosphere, supporting future Mars settlements. Private space transport to the ISS on the Crew Dragon May 30th paved the way for an orbital economic ecosystem that can enable space hotels like those planned by Bigelow, Axiom and others.  Further, several technology investments by NASA were announced including in April three lunar landers from commercial companies: Blue Origin Integrated Lander Vehicle (ILV), Dynetics Human Landing System (DHLS), and SpaceX Starships.  NASA also announced pricing for delivery of Lunar regolith back to Earth (Notice: 80NSSC20737332Q Sep 10). The pricing of dirt sounds innocuous, but such efforts set funding profiles that allow capital investment in companies by allowing revenue projection. Of note, Space X Starship prototypes completed several hop tests in 2020 leading to the 2024 Starship variants such as the lunar lander. COVID-19 forced virtualization of many effort by the TC, including cancellation of the International Space Development Conference, but will allow the Mars Society Conference (October), and critically, AIAA ASCEND 2020 (November) to reformat and proceed to a broader audience than in-person formats. Another interesting virtualization, the International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISSDC) 2020 in July allowed global teams of high school students to compete in designing very impressive Mars settlements, mentored and judged by many TC members, all virtual.  The SCTC also developed a one-page diagram explaining the pathways to long term settlement of the Solar System.

     

     

     

    Supporting photos:

     

    Step 1: Obtain high-resolution jpegs of each photo and attach them when you email this submission form, but do not paste them into this form.  NOTE: If the total file size exceeds 40 MB, send the photos in separate emails. Also, we cannot publish small photos. If you cut and paste a photo from a website, it most likely will be too small. The smallest image we can publish is approximately 2,000 x 1,300 pixels, 320 dpi.

    Step 2: Provide the supporting information below for each photo:

     

    Photo 1:

     

    Name: Space Settlement Pathway

     

    URL: (attached)

     

    Credit: AIAA SCTC

     

    Caption information:

    Pathway to space settlement showing key propulsion technologies and economic resources and manufactured goods trade web.

    Paathway Drawing(Note: posted the low res version, sent her the high res 5000x2180 version


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    Bryce Meyer
    O'Fallon MO United States
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