Saturday, October 3rd @ Archon 33
ready to talk about the Moon Society - Dave Dietzler, Bob Perry, and Dave Heck
Thomas Kullman off to the side on crowd control for the photo op
photo by Rufus Anderson
After our staggered lunch breaks,
Dave Heck made up a sign listing our upcoming panels.
Here is an annotated version, details to be posted soon.
NASA's Return to the Moon: Lunar Rovers and Inflatable Habitats
Since the beginning of the Vision for Space Exploration, NASA has been redefining its concepts for manned Lunar presence. NASA's current plans revolve around the ability to safely move across large distances of the Moon's surface. Key to this plan are a set of highly mobile rovers with several unique features that enable this mobility, while providing high degrees of functionality. Hand in hand with these rovers are new designs for inflatable habitats that provide large amounts of usable volume at lower weight than comparable "fixed wall" metallic or composite habitats.
Buckytown: A Lighter Than Air Launch Complex, Halfway to Outer Space
Getting to Low Earth Orbit requires two things, getting up to where the atmosphere is negligible and then getting to a horizontal speed of about 17,500 MPH (~28,000 KPH). R. Buckminster Fuller, designer and futurist, popularized the geodesic dome for its excellent strength to weight feature. A single geodesic spherical hot air balloon one mile in diameter, at 30 Km (about 18 miles, OK, a quarter of the way to space) altitude, could support 5,600 tons of facilities and cargo. This is with 1970's technology and would be even more with current technology. A city of several of them is possible, Spaceport Buckytown, supporting a multi-mile maglev track that could get a scramjet up to operating speed. The final boost to orbit would be with rockets.
Can the Moon SAVE the Earth
Is the Earth in danger ? Rising CO2 levels, rapidly increasing industrialization in China, India & Latin America pose a significant threat to our environment. Space based solar power presents a clean, permanent alternative to the looming increase in fossil fuel usage. The drawback is the EXTREME cost to launch the required hardware from the Earth. The answer: Utilizing Lunar based mass drivers to launch materials and/or solar panels to Earth orbit.
Lunar ISRU-The Future
A description of potential processes for producing oxygen, metals and other materials on the Moon for expansion and construction of Moon bases. ISRU stands for "in situ resource utlilization." That's a fancy way of saying "on site resource utilization." We do not have to rocket everything up from Earth for thousands of dollars per pound. We can use lunar resources at much lower cost.
The Drake Equation, Fermi's Question, and Goldilocks
The Drake equation gives us a way to estimate the number of high technology alien civilizations in our galaxy and Fermi asks, if we're so close to being a star faring cvilization, why haven't the other ones come here? Does Goldilocks have to say that only earth is just right?