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colonizationMars-Moon Lava Tube habitation simulation in Iceland

Mike Dunn talked about the use of lava tubes for the Moon and Mars habitats. Mike has worked on The Mars Lava Tube Pressurization Project’s (MLTPP). The lunar soil is 40% oxygen. Lunar cement could be made to block off …

colonizationLunar railgun for super-cheap Mars missions and Giant Mars open atmosphere lasers

A magnetic railgun that is only ten meters long can launch from the moon to Mars. It can have less than half the speed of the US Navy railgun. It only needs 3 kilometers per second versus 7 kilometers per …

agricultureLong-term colonization of the solar system with 290,000 square feet per person

A 5 km settlement radius corresponds roughly to the sweet design spot where earthlike radiation shielding is produced for free by the required structural mass. The paper is by Pekka Janhunen. Overall, the settlement concept satisfies the following generic requirements …

colonizationDrilling and mining on the moon

Honeybee Robotics has two projects for near-term lunar ISRU-focused missions. Project one is developing a sampling drill for volatile-rich lunar regolith as part of NASA’s Lunar Resource Prospector. There is technology development required to reach TRL 6, as well as …

colonizationExisting technology to mine water and ice on Mars

Kris Zacny, Mining Water on Mars. From the 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention, held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Southern California from Aug 23-26, 2018. You have to launch 226 kilograms from Earth for every 1 kilogram of …

colonizationSpaceX BFR will allow people to work and live in space and the hardest parts of engine development are done

SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell said most of the difficulty of designing and building BFR’s advanced Raptor engine was already behind SpaceX. The new SpaceX BFR schedule is for short hop testing late next year and full orbital launches in 2021. …

colonizationShallow Subsurface Ice on Mars

Jeffrey J. Plaut, NASA Jet Propulsion Scientist, Reviews the Evidence for Shallow Subsurface Ice on Mars. The Marsis and Sharad missions to Mars provide evidence of shallow ground ice that is tens of meters from the surface. The overall average …

colonizationNASA Development of machines to build on Mars and the Moon

There is a NASA review of the resources available on the Mars and the Moon and development of machines for construction on the moon and Mars. This was from slides by Robert P. Mueller, Senior Technologist / Engineer, NASA, Kennedy …

colonizationA vibrant Space Program will inspire millions of children

Robert Zubrin made his presentation to the Mars Society in 2018. A vibrant space program will inspire millions of children to study science and technology so that they can be a space pioneer. Children are not inspired by lot of …

colonizationSpaceX Principle Mars Development Engineer gave some more details about Mars colonization

SpaceX plans to live out of the BFS ships initially on Mars and then build out the facilities (habitation, power systems, mining and landing pads). The SpaceX BFS (Big Falcon Spaceship) would land on Mars with 100 tons including the …