The Solar System alone has, according to different estimates, enough material and energy to support anywhere from several thousand to over a billion times that of the current Earth-based human population.          -W. Bowman Cutter [98], Early suggestions for future colonizers like Francis Drake and Christoph Columbus to reach the Moon and people consequently living there were made by John Wilkins in A Discourse Concerning a New Planet in the first half of the 17th century. The hypothetical colonization of Mars has received interest from public space agencies and private corporations, and has received extensive treatment in science fiction writing, film, and art.. If it comes down to “species survival as we face dwindling resources” space colonization probably won’t happen unless it’s already well underway, resource scarcity will lead to economic recession first, which means that money for things other than basic needs won’t be available, we’ll just end up fighting over the resources that are here on Earth. These are one of the few methods of superluminal travel which may be possible under current physics. Once in space the solar sails would deploy. Assuming a journey of 6,300 years, the astrophysicist Frédéric Marin and the particle physicist Camille Beluffi calculated that the minimum viable population for a generation ship to reach Proxima Centauri would be 98 settlers at the beginning of the mission (then the crew will breed until reaching a stable population of several hundred settlers within the ship) . [18], Based on his Copernican principle, J. Richard Gott has estimated that the human race could survive for another 7.8 million years, but it is not likely to ever colonize other planets. [140] High-energy radiation is a health risk that colonizers would face, as radiation in deep space is deadlier than what astronauts face now in low Earth orbit. [63] Since then JAXA and Mitsubishi has teamed up on a $21 billion project in order to place satellites in orbit which could generate up to 1 gigawatt of energy. Space industry refers to economic activities related to manufacturing components that go into Earth's orbit or beyond, delivering them to those regions, and related services. Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLV's) are a key ingredient in making space a viable economic industry. Colonization of asteroids would require space habitats. There is no night in free space, and no clouds or atmosphere to block sunlight. These speeds are far beyond what current spacecraft propulsion systems can provide. However, the fact that the Earth–Moon Lagrange points L4 and L5 tend to collect dust and debris, whereas L1-L3 require active station-keeping measures to maintain a stable position, make them somewhat less suitable places for habitation than was originally believed. Space colonies will be fully automated. This could make Mercury an ideal place to acquire materials useful in building hardware to send to (and terraform) Venus. 26–27 and 74–76; Patrick A. Troutman (NASA Langley Research Center) et al., Marianne J. Dyson: Living on a Space Frontier. In space, solar panels would have access to nearly continuous light from the Sun, and in Earth’s orbit this would give us 1400 watts of power per square meter (with 100% efficiency). Exploitation Colonialism: involved fewer colonists, typically interested in extracting resources to export to the metropole. With the cost of sending just one kilogram into orbit at around $10,000, access to space remains within the realm of governmental control. [80] The planet also receives almost seven times the solar flux as the Earth/Moon system. Fourth step, the colonies could self-replicate and establish new colonies further into space, a process that could then repeat itself and continue at an exponential rate throughout cosmos. Transmitting solar energy wirelessly from the Earth to the Moon and back is also an idea proposed for the benefit of space colonization and energy resources. Fluid shifts towards to the head may cause vision problems. Future  [134], The health of the humans who may participate in a colonization venture would be subject to increased physical, mental and emotional risks. [101] Tsiolkovsky believed that going into space would help perfect human beings, leading to immortality and peace.[102]. The Moon is deficient in volatiles such as argon, helium and compounds of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen. [1] The two most common in favor of colonization are survival of human civilization and the biosphere in the event of a planetary-scale disaster (natural or man-made), and the availability of additional resources in space that could enable expansion of human society. Convincing the public to fund such programs would require additional self-interest arguments: If the objective of space colonization is to provide a "backup" in case everyone on Earth is killed, then why should someone on Earth pay for something that is only useful after they are dead? Time  ), other high value items are more abundant, more easily produced, of higher quality, or can only be produced in space. This assumes that space colonization is not widely acknowledged as a sufficiently valuable social goal. "What is the Value of Space Exploration?" It is impossible to sterilize human missions to this level, as humans are host to typically a hundred trillion microorganisms of thousands of species of the human microbiome, and these cannot be removed while preserving the life of the human. [citation needed], Geologist Stephen Gillett suggested in 1996 that this could make Mercury an ideal place to build and launch solar sail spacecraft, which could launch as folded up "chunks" by mass driver from Mercury's surface. [14] In 2010, he stated that humanity faces two options: either we colonize space within the next two hundred years, or we will face the prospect of long-term extinction.[15]. With the cost of sending just one kilogram into orbit at around $10,000, access to space remains within the realm of governmental control. These have all been identified either in meteorites, or spectroscopically in asteroids and comets. Wernher von Braun contributed his ideas in a 1952 Colliers article. Although helium is present only in low concentrations on the Moon, where it is deposited into regolith by the solar wind, an estimated million tons of He-3 exists over all. The orbits of the Earth and most asteroids are very distant from each other in terms of delta-v and the asteroidal bodies have enormous momentum. Wood: There’s a lot of exploration of economics in the trilogy and obviously in the new book, too, “2140.” You envision these giant corporations that essentially have all the power. These would provide (over the long-term) a very high return on the initial investment in space infrastructure. [128], The narrative of space exploration as a "New Frontier" has been criticized as unreflected continuation of settler colonialism and manifest destiny, continuing the narrative of colonial exploration as fundamental to the assumed human nature. [143] Radiation risk may be reduced for astronauts by frequent monitoring and focusing work away from the shielding on the shuttle. Indeed, the birth rates of many developed countries, specifically spacefaring ones, are at or below replacement rates, thus negating the need to use colonization as a means of population control. Colonization Clayton Knappenberger DePauw University ... A third group will attempt to garner support for space exploration by appealing to nationalism or to economic interests. Remote research stations in inhospitable climates, such as the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station[96] or Devon Island Mars Arctic Research Station, can also provide some practice for off-world outpost construction and operation. If funding and technology come sooner than estimated, asteroid mining might be possible within a decade. Space colonization is absolutely central to humanity’s future. [13], On two occasions, theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking argued for space colonization as a means of saving humanity. Since space colonization cost a huge amount of money, it is necessary that the first space colonies are making profits. Plant economics run on carbon and nutrients instead of money. "The commercial space sector is at last becoming important," and "NASA has to see itself as complementary to, and integrated with," the launch business, the remote sensing industry, and other sectors "in a way in which it simply didnt have to 10 years ago because these sectors didnt really exist," In Part 3 , I came to the conclusion that once humans decide to stay on the Moon or in orbit, they will be as self-sufficient as possible. [69] Inertia would necessitate powerful thrusters to start or stop rotation, or electric motors to spin two massive portions of a vessel in opposite senses. The relationship between organisms, their habitat and the non-Earth environment can be: A combination of the above technologies is also possible. Yeah, I know that sounds about as profound as "water is wet" but when looking at Antarctic bases or oil rigs, we… For the purpose of this article I’ll assume that space colonies will be financed primarily be issuing corporate bonds at international stock markets. Although some items of the infrastructure requirements above can already be easily produced on Earth and would therefore not be very valuable as trade items (oxygen, water, base metal ores, silicates, etc. [19], In a theoretical study from 2019, a group of researchers have pondered the long-term trajectory of human civilization. hyper-pure materials and exotic alloys. Once thought to be a volatile depleted body like our Moon, Mercury is now known to be volatile rich, surprisingly richer in volatiles in fact than any other terrestrial body in the inner solar system. [57], Farther out, Jupiter's Trojan asteroids are thought to be rich in water ice and other volatiles.[58]. The location of colonization can be on a physical body planet, dwarf planet, natural satellite, or asteroid or orbiting one. If Enceladus has liquid water, it joins Mars and Jupiter's moon Europa as one of the prime places in the Solar System to look for extraterrestrial life and possible future settlements. [20] It is argued that due to Earth's finitude as well as the limited duration of the Solar System, mankind's survival into the far future will very likely require extensive space colonization. In his paper, he assumes that the created lives will have positive ethical value despite the problem of suffering. Space activity is legally based on the Outer Space Treaty, the main international treaty. The distances between galaxies are on the order of a million times farther than those between the stars. [140] This can lead to exhaustion, as well as other sleep problems such as insomnia, which can reduce their productivity and lead to mental health disorders. [49][50][51], Building colonies in space would require access to water, food, space, people, construction materials, energy, transportation, communications, life support, simulated gravity, radiation protection and capital investment. Space Tourism is the term that's come to be used to mean ordinary members of the public buying tickets to travel to space and back. Harnessing these resources can lead to much economic development. Looking beyond the Solar System, there are up to several hundred billion potential stars with possible colonization targets. Space Colonization The Economics of Space Travel. Any industrial development in space requiring more than about a thousand tonnes of structural mass or propellant per year will direct attention to these materials as ores, in the true mining engineering sense. In 2001, Hawking predicted that the human race would become extinct within the next thousand years, unless colonies could be established in space. The term space business has also been used. Space colonization has been discussed as continuation of imperialism and colonialism. The Magna Carta of Space presented by William A. Hyman in 1966 framed outer space explicitly not as terra nullius but as res communis, which subsequently influenced the work of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.[88][89]. In the 1950s and 1960s, Dandridge M. Cole[103] published his ideas. 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Based on the analysis of Part 1 and Part 2 of colonial economics, a simple factor emerges: if it is cheaper to ship supplies in than to obtain them locally, the supplies are shipped in. We agree and embrace these goals in the interest of developing the necessary social acceptance, technology, and infrastructure required to cross the interstellar distances. If humanity does gain access to a large amount of energy, on the order of the mass-energy of entire planets, it may eventually become feasible to construct Alcubierre drives. [110] In the event, the larger habitat was never built, and Bigelow laid off all employees in March 2020.[111]. Although there are no immediate prospects for the large amounts of money required for space colonization to be available given traditional launch costs,[90] there is some prospect of a radical reduction to launch costs in the 2010s, which would consequently lessen the cost of any efforts in that direction. [124] However, there are vast scientific domains that cannot be addressed with robots, especially biology in specific atmospheric and gravitational environments and human sciences in space. Many science fiction authors, including Carl Sagan, Arthur C. Clarke,[32] and Isaac Asimov,[33] have argued that shipping any excess population into space is not a viable solution to human overpopulation. The five Earth–Sun Lagrange points would totally eliminate eclipses, but only L1 and L2 would be reachable in a few days' time. Space Colonization Economics, Part 2 So, in Part 1 of my continuing saga on Space Colonization, I talked about the economics of Antarctic "colonization." [68] Recycling of the carbon dioxide has been approached in the literature using the Sabatier process or the Bosch reaction. Space colonization can roughly be said to be possible when the necessary methods of space colonization become cheap enough (such as space access by cheaper launch systems) to meet the cumulative funds that have been gathered for the purpose, in addition to estimated profits from commercial use of space. If the cost to get to LEO remains relatively high there could be a new type of haves-and-have-nots conflict. For more on this see Difficulties of making and using an Alcubierre Drive. So the solar energy available at distance d from the Sun is E = 1367/d2 W/m2, where d is measured in astronomical units (AU) and 1367 watts/m2 is the energy available at the distance of Earth's orbit from the Sun, 1 AU.[59]. In 2008, scientists were able to send a 20 watt microwave signal from a mountain in Maui to the island of Hawaii. NASA believes by using propellant derived from asteroids for exploration to the moon, Mars, and beyond will save $100 billion. We may well have people living on the Moon. Robotic spacecraft are proposed as an alternative to gain many of the same scientific advantages without the limited mission duration and high cost of life support and return transportation involved in human missions. [12], The primary argument calling for space colonization is the long-term survival of human civilization. Concept of permanent human habitation outside of Earth, Expansion with fewer negative consequences, Alleviating overpopulation and resource demand, Jovian moons – Europa, Callisto and Ganymede, Moons of Saturn – Titan, Enceladus, and others, Physical, mental and emotional health risks to colonizers. HumansFuture Many people find this idea futuristic. Another seminal book on the subject was the book The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space by Gerard K. O'Neill[104] in 1977 which was followed the same year by Colonies in Space by T. A. DNA  One development which is of interest of space colonization is 3D printing. In order to also be able to fulfill the requirements of a Moon base and energy to supply life support, maintenance, communications, and research, a combination of both nuclear and solar energy will be used in the first colonies.[62]. Titan has water ice and large methane oceans. 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However, many proposals, speculations, and designs for space settlements have been made through the years, and a considerable number of space colonization advocates and groups are active. [65]:132 The system will also rely on satellites and receiving stations on Earth to convert the energy into electricity. The author and journalist William E. Burrows and the biochemist Robert Shapiro proposed a private project, the Alliance to Rescue Civilization, with the goal of establishing an off-Earth "backup" of human civilization. Researchers in conservation biology have tended to adopt the "50/500" rule of thumb initially advanced by Franklin and Soule. At the preseent time there is not a viable purely economic argument in favor of space exploration. [77], Experts have debated on the possible usage of money and currencies in societies that will be established in space. Mars500, HI-SEAS, and SMART-OP represent efforts to help reduce the effects of loneliness and confinement for long periods of time. [20]:23–25 In the very far future, mankind is expected to become extinct in any case, as no civilization — whether human or alien — will ever outlive the limited duration of cosmos itself.[20]:24f. Art, Privacy Policy | [55] Water ice should also be in other permanently shadowed craters near the lunar poles. Although a fully mechanistic life support system is conceivable, a closed ecological system is generally proposed for life support. After some time, when space based industries are more developed we need to import less from Earth, since more products are manufactured locally. [24] Optical mining is the term NASA uses to describe extracting materials from asteroids. The economic value of these power stations will go far to justify the existence of the colony and the construction of more colonies. the large financial institutions, the major aerospace companies and the military–industrial complex, to lead to new wars, and to exacerbate pre-existing exploitation of workers and resources, economic inequality, poverty, social division and marginalization, environmental degradation, and other detrimental processes or institutions. The Moon's low surface gravity is also a concern, as it is unknown whether 1/6g is enough to maintain human health for long periods.[79]. The Ne = 500 value attempts to balance the rate of gain in genetic variation due to mutation with the rate of loss due to genetic drift. The main difficulty is the vast distances to other stars: roughly a hundred thousand times farther away than the planets in the Solar System. Greater demand will lead to more entrants into the 'market', creating competition which fuels efficiencies, innovation, and lower prices which in turn generates an even greater demand. [141] Future space agencies can also ensure that every colonizer would have a mandatory amount of daily exercise to prevent degradation of muscle.[141]. Economic drivers. [93], The President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy suggested that an inducement prize should be established, perhaps by government, for the achievement of space colonization, for example by offering the prize to the first organization to place humans on the Moon and sustain them for a fixed period before they return to Earth. Economics 101. Once these satellites are primarily built from lunar or asteroid-derived materials, the price of SPS electricity could be lower than energy from fossil fuel or nuclear energy; replacing these would have significant benefits such as the elimination of greenhouse gases and nuclear waste from electricity generation.[61]. [70] This can be leftover material (slag) from processing lunar soil and asteroids into oxygen, metals, and other useful materials. Since the advent of the 21st-century commercialization of space, which saw greater cooperation between NASA and the private sector, several private companies have announced plans toward the colonization of Mars. Water-ice deposits that exist in some polar craters could serve as a source for these elements. They would also have to deal with the as-yet unknown issue of how humans would behave and thrive in such places long-term. Politics  Underneath a drier outer crust (much like oil shale), some other NEOs are inactive comets which include billions of tons of water ice and kerogen hydrocarbons, as well as some nitrogen compounds. -More-, Laboratories in space could perform experiments you wouldn't want to do on Earth because of the risks involved to the population. Nick Bostrom has argued that from a utilitarian perspective, space colonization should be a chief goal as it would enable a very large population to live for a very long period of time (possibly billions of years), which would produce an enormous amount of utility (or happiness). [56] It also has industrially significant oxygen, silicon, and metals such as iron, aluminum, and titanium. In the past, expansion has often come at the expense of displacing many indigenous peoples, the resulting treatment of these peoples ranging anywhere from encroachment to genocide. 16 p. 654. [97] The Mars Desert Research Station has a habitat for similar reasons, but the surrounding climate is not strictly inhospitable. Heppenheimer.[105]. allow us to stop or reduce terrestrial resource mining. Nature  Other large satellites: Rhea, Iapetus, Dione, Tethys, and Mimas, all have large quantities of volatiles, which can be used to support settlements. There are yet no plans for building space colonies by any large-scale organization, either government or private. It has the benefits of proximity to Earth and lower escape velocity, allowing for easier exchange of goods and services. Hence, the present study focuses on the theory and economics of colonization of mars and moon in specific and other planets in general. [66], Nuclear power is sometimes proposed for colonies located on the Moon or on Mars, as the supply of solar energy is too discontinuous in these locations; the Moon has nights of two Earth weeks in duration. The basic premise is the ever increasing cost of industrial metals necessary to Space Colonization Using Space-Elevators from Phobos free download Abstract. A metal asteroid this size would be worth approximately US$20 trillion at 2001 market prices[44], Space colonization is seen as a long-term goal of some national space programs. Keeping contact with family members, celebrating holidays, and maintaining cultural identities all had an impact on minimizing the deterioration of mental health. Space colonization can roughly be said to be possible when the necessary methods of space colonization become cheap enough (such as space access by cheaper launch systems) to meet the cumulative funds that have been gathered for the purpose, in addition to estimated profits from commercial use of space. Space colonization (also called space settlement, or extraterrestrial colonization) is a political concept of space advocacy for permanent human habitation and exploitation of natural resources off the planet Earth. The Ne = 50 prescription corresponds to an inbreeding rate of 1% per generation, approximately half the maximum rate tolerated by domestic animal breeders. In the weightlessness and vacuum of space, high temperatures for industrial processes can easily be achieved in solar ovens with huge parabolic reflectors made of metallic foil with very lightweight support structures. The Artemis Project designed a plan to colonize Europa, one of Jupiter's moons. The asteroid belt has significant overall material available, the largest object being Ceres, although it is thinly distributed as it covers a vast region of space. The power transmission concepts call for the collection of solar power by huge satellites, conversion to electrical power by either photovoltaic and transmission to the Earth by 10 cm microwave power beams. Paper Pres at 4th Princeton/Aiaa Conf on Space Manufacturin: Hopkins, Mark M: 9789991566160: Books - Amazon.ca M. Dyson wrote Home on the Moon; Living on a Space Frontier in 2003;[106] Peter Eckart wrote Lunar Base Handbook in 2006[107] and then Harrison Schmitt's Return to the Moon written in 2007. Nuclear submarines use mechanical life support systems to support humans for months without surfacing, and this same basic technology could presumably be employed for space use. Because of the speed of light limit on how fast any material objects can travel in space, intergalactic travel would either have to involve voyages lasting millions of years,[86] or a possible faster than light propulsion method based on speculative physics, such as the Alcubierre drive. 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