Humans sit on the cusp of developing a true spacefaring civilization. When that era begins we’ll see large space habitats, colonization of Mars, and humans expanding out into the Solar System. It is an exciting time, and well worth writing about it. The following four projects are the current books I’ve attempted to put some work toward capturing some element of that bright future.
New technologies utilizing mechanisms of photonic solar sailing, electrostatic sailing, and electromagnetic plasma sailing give new potentials for interplanetary propulsion. Many of these are to slow for human usages, but robotic exploration and exploitation missions will lead the way to building our spacefaring future, and sailing works very well for robotic missions.
The Mother Lode in the Sky
The concept of mining the asteroids, the Moon, and comets has been a staple of science fiction and space speculation for decades. One day we will utilize the resources throughout the Solar System in our attempts to build a Solar Civilization.
Arthur C. Clarke wrote of an organization to prevent impactors from striking the Earth. The space agencies of the world have taken that concept seriously. Their present efforts and speculations of methods for the future are a fascinating attempt to guard our home planet.
Eventually Humanity will live and work in space. Some will colonize Mars, but many others will build vast space stations with controlled environments in habitats and live as citizens of space. The engineering of such vast structures will challenge the technical and economical understanding of Humanity.
The 21st century will be a century where cislunar space becomes just as much a part of human civilizations as anywhere on Earth. Cislunar space contains the Moon and all of the orbital zones around the Earth. The 20th century saw space travel developed, but now Humanity need a strategy to take on the next spatial step.
The Fission Sail is an odd little idea suggested by the late Dr. Robert Forward to augment existing other sailing propulsion systems such as solar sails. His suggestion was to create a two layered material as part of the sail. The layer toward the forward direction of...
Space Sailing is the use of any form of spatial propulsion where the thrust from comes from power in the ambient environment. It is analogous to the use of wind power for oceanic travel on a planet's surface. So far Humanity has come up with four technological...