[ExI] [SPACE] People in space, not machine - what gives?

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Thu Apr 9 01:09:29 UTC 2009

In case you didn't notice, I have been talking about this for over a year.

Elements are:

Pop up with a rocket and push to GEO with a laser for under $100/kg at
upwards of half a million tons per year

Construction of power sats at a high rate, at least 125 GW/year and
rapidly increasing.

1000 or more construction workers at GEO (and their families) but this
is not a colony, just a construction job like a dam.

In a few years (because of the need for nickel) a mining camp of
several hundred to a thousand at an asteroid.  But this is also not a
space colony.

Shame there are not more mathematically inclined people on this list.
I could use someone to check my work, most recently on a space anchor
and a possible way to offset radiation pressure.


2009/4/8 Dagon Gmail <dagonweb at gmail.com>:
> Assuming at some time in the future there will be colonies of humans in
> space (of
> which many people estimate that window of opportunity has come and gone -
> i.e.
> only machines will make it in space)  IF humans were to actually settle the
> solar
> system in big drums, what would people here think...
> 1- the dynamic of power/empire formation be? Which planet/region would be
> most "profitrable"
> 2- what political systems would fare best
> 3- what new political systems would emerge
> 4- what kind of "power projection" would work ?
>  (stealth settlements to avoid kinetic bombardments?)
> 5- aggressive interdependency? Market slavery?
> 6- can such a solar system be mostly peaceful? Or will it be a mess?
> 7- does trade make sense (slow tanker vessels?)
> Assume AI would be limited (which is very unlikely, but speculating about AI
> civilizations in
> the solar system, remains a bit pointless) . Likewise, assume
> nanofabrication is limited too.
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