Space travel another way of getting into space

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    FIRST, THE PROBLEM

    Our manned journey into space seems to have lost its spark.
    Except until recently it has been "owned" by NASA, and the agency has sucked any "spark” out of all private and commercial manned space ventures. Only the industries that serve as the industrial base and the satellite communications sector are separate but not independent from the Federal Bureaucracy; if you cold call them that. After the moon landings NASA was cut adrift. Without a tangible goal, the once potent organization has degenerated into an unholy alliance between politicians and industrialists.

    Except for (...and a small glimmer of hope has come from) the NASA Centennial Challenge program, as a way of incentivizing and promoting talent otherwise unmined, very little has been done to advance the space program into the private sector. Almost without exception that is where all ventures of exploration in human history have begun, whether it be the Greek Colonies, the “discovery” of America by Columbus, or the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony. In all of those, economic gain was the spark driving the discovery and then the development of a new worlds separate from the old worlds.

    There has to be a plan to add direct and apparent economic benefits, noble purpose, and adventurous potential to manned space flight for it to reach its real potential for humanity. That’s what is missing now, and only opportunities for private profit can give it the purpose it needs to attract the means and the talent.
     
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    SECOND - THE SOLUTION

    In 1992 a man named Marshal T. Savage published such a plan. He called it “The Millenial Project” – Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight /Easy Steps

    The steps were:

    1. Establish a Foundation – Constitute an organization created to realize these destinies, beginning with a land-based prototype sea colony, then a sea colony within a lagoon

    2. Grow cities at sea; floating colonies to feed the world from biomasses grown and refined there, and learn the lessons of space colonization, produce electrical energy from the differential of surface and deep sea temperatures with a concentrated array of Open Cycle OTECs to produce energy for the colony AND for export, at low production cost, for profit to the outside world to replace coal, oil, and nuclear sources of energy.

    3. Construct a bridge to space by deploying as a means of manned or unmanned transportation, capsules propelled first by a "mass driver" through a tunnel to a mountain top at the equator, to 18,000 feet (16 fps), and then, already above half the atmosphere, it would, by gound based lasers, be pushed on into orbit by vaporizing a 4-ton slab of reinforced ice mounted and contained aft. All this would be done with electrical energy produced by the sea colony.

    4. Establish habitable ecosphere’s in space

    5. Build domes over craters on the moon creating miniature ecologies and communities for further expansion into the solar system

    6. Terraform Mars to create a living planet to sustain us

    7. Transmute the substance of our solar system

    8. Colonize the stars

    DISCUSS?
     
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    We have to wait for Zefram Cochrane to be born.
     
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    Solution: We must defeat Xenu! :eek:
     
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    We could just steal one of their ships, deconstruct the engine, and voila! Of course, we'd have to exterminate all traitors to the human race...I mean Scientologists.
     
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    Ironically, I've been watching Mars Attacks! However, we shall all be lead to the promise land!
     
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    Zero Hurricanes at the equator.
     
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    Interesting concepts. If you have not already seen this site, you may find this interesting;


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