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colonizationWe can build a great near term future in space

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Nextbigfuture described how 200 large space stations could be built by 2040 to hold 2 million people. There are videos that provide more details on the SpaceX BFR and the Kalpana space station. Below are two intermediate space stations that …

colonizationFifty SpaceX Falcon BFR could technically enable sustainable orbital colonies for 2 million people by 2040

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In the 1970s, Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill led two Stanford/NASA Ames Research Center summer studies that supported the feasibility of kilometer-scale orbital cities. These studies assumed that the NASA space shuttle would operate as expected, a flight every week or …

colonizationHeating and ventilating a 10,000 person space station

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The National Space Society has a 33-page analysis of heat and energy transport and management for an outline but realistic habitat design. This allows a more detailed analysis than was possible in most theoretical precursor studies and enables comparison and …

colonizationThink and plan a lot bigger in space as the SpaceX BFR will give 1000 times old space capabilities

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SpaceX is rapidly changing what is possible in space. Instead of taking 40 launches over a decade to build the 400-ton space station, we could have 1000 launches in a year from ten fully reusable SpaceX BFRs that would place …

colonizationMan rated rockets and Heavy lift for Space Hotels starting around 2020

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The Space hotel business has been waiting for heavy lift to launch its space stations and man-rated rockets to fly passengers into space. 2018, could finally see American rockets get man-rating. SpaceX received a $2.6 billion contract from NASA to …

colonizationSkycorp planning to make space industries

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Dennis Wingo sees metals mining, communication stations and telescopes on the moon. The combination of industries will make moon development viable. The moon is largely made up of metal oxides that could yield new supplies of platinum — perhaps enough …

colonizationSETI Institute finds lunar lava tubes that could provide easy access to water ice

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The SETI Institute and the Mars Institute announced today the discovery of small pits in a large crater near the North Pole of the Moon, which may be entrances to an underground network of lava tubes. The pits were identified …

astronomy100 meter thick ice is under only 1-2 meters of dirt in some parts of Mars

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Researchers using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found eight sites where thick deposits of ice beneath Mars’ surface are exposed in faces of eroding slopes. Above – A cross-section of underground ice is exposed at the steep slope that …

colonizationSpaceX could get more done in 2018 than ULA does in a decade

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A Reddit contributor has a graphic showing several major achievements that SpaceX could complete in 2018. The crewed mission could be delayed into 2019 and the two tourists going round the moon will be in 2019 or later. The Boca …

colonizationSpaceX BFR 150 Top Target should be Moon Colonization

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A guest post by Joseph Friedlander Elon Musk’s new 150 ton payload class rocket, IF usable as described by Brian Wang in various posts here on Next Big Future, https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/10/spacex-bfr-and-developing-the-high-ground-is-the-geopolitical-game-changer.html https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/10/spacex-bfr-to-be-lower-cost-than-falcon-1-at-7-million-per-launch.html https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/10/exponential-industrialization-of-space-is-more-important-than-combat-lasers-and-hypersonic-fighters.html Spacex BFR construction will start in 4 to …