Living Off the Land in Space: Green Roads to the Cosmos

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Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 24, 2007 - Science - 247 pages
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Human civilization has evolved to the point at which we can consider tapping space resources and expanding beyond Earth’s atmosphere. The Introduction surveys possible motivations for large-scale human emigration to space. Since our early ancestors began to move out of Africa, humans have constantly expanded their range. Today, the pattern of human settlement extends from pole to pole. Humans regularly visit the upper troposphere and ocean floor and technology has enabled a few to even reside above the atmosphere in space stations.

For the next few millennia at least (barring breakthroughs), the human frontier will include the solar system and the nearest stars. Will it better to settle the Moon, Mars, or a nearby asteroid and what environments can we expect to find in the vicinity of nearby stars are questions that need to be answered if mankind is to migrate into space.

 

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Contents

THE ION TRAIL
131
ION DRIVE HISTORY
132
ELECTRICPROPULSION FUNDAMENTALS
133
INITIAL INTERPLANETARY APPLICATION OF ION PROPULSION
135
POSSIBLE ION PROPULSION TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION TO SOLARSYSTEM DEVELOPMENT
137
FURTHER READING
138
THE ORBITAL STEAM LOCOMOTIVE
141
SOLARTHERMAL ROCKET FUNDAMENTALS
142

THE LURE OF MARS
22
SETTLING THE OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM
24
INTERSTELLAR ENVIRONMENTS
25
FURTHER READING
26
THE ROCKET AND ITS LIMITS
29
ROCKET FUNDAMENTALS
33
ROCKET VARIETIES
36
NUCLEARTHERMAL AND SOLARTHERMAL ROCKETS
37
ROCKET FUTURES
38
THE FIRST GREEN SPACE TECHNOLOGIES
41
AEROASSISTED ATMOSPHERIC REENTRY
42
PLANETARY GRAVITY ASSISTS
44
FURTHER READING
47
PROBES TO THE PLANETS WHERE WEVE BEEN ON OUR JOURNEY
51
ROBOTS TO THE MOON
52
THE LURE OF OUR SISTER PLANET
54
BLISTERING MERCURY
55
TANTALIZING MARS
56
DISTANT GIANTS
60
SMALL WORLDS
63
FURTHER READING
65
PROBES TO THE STARS CONCEPT STUDIES
67
INTERSTELLAR HBOMBS
69
A SANITIZED ORION
70
SOME WONDERFUL IMPROBABILITIES
72
NASAS FIRST INTERSTELLAR PROBE STUDY
73
STAR SAILING
74
FURTHER READING
77
BREAKING OUT INTO SPACE VISIONARY FUTURES
79
CYLINDER CITIES
81
POWER FOR THE EARTH
83
BEYOND THE SPACE CYLINDERS
85
LIFE IN THE SPACE CITIES
86
FURTHER READING
88
THINKING INTERSTELLAR
91
EARTHLY AND UNDERSTANDABLE UNITS OF MEASURE
92
DISTANCE IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND
93
NASAS INTERSTELLAR INITIATIVE AND THE INTERSTELLAR PROBE MISSION
96
FURTHER READING
102
TECHNOLOGICAL READINESS
105
TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVELS
107
BASIC PRINCIPLES OBSERVED AND REPORTED
108
ANALYTICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL CRITICAL FUNCTION ANDOR CHARACTERISTIC PROOF OF CONCEPT
109
COMPONENT ANDOR BREADBOARD VALIDATION IN A LABORATORY ENVIRONMENT
110
COMPONENT ANDOR BREADBOARD VALIDATION IN A RELEVANT ENVIRONMENT
111
SYSTEMS OR SUBSYSTEMS MODEL OR PROTOTYPE DEMONSTRATION IN A RELEVANT ENVIRONMENT GROUND OR SPACE
112
SYSTEM PROTOTYPE DEMONSTRATION IN A SPACE ENVIRONMENT
115
ACTUAL SYSTEM COMPLETED AND FLIGHT QUALIFIED THROUGH TEST AND DEMONSTRATION GROUND AND SPACE
116
SPACE BRAKES LIVING OFF THE LAND BY USING A PLANETARY ATMOSPHERE
119
AEROENTRY
120
AEROBRAKING
121
AEROCAPTURE
123
AEROCAPTURE APPLICATION TO SOLARSYSTE RESOURCE SURVEYS
126
SOME AEROCAPTURE ISSUES
127
AEROGRAVITY ASSIST
128
ROCKETS
144
POSSIBLE APPLICATION OF SOLARTHERMAL TECHNOLOGY TO SOLARSYSTEM DEVELOPMENT
146
SKY CLIPPERS
149
PHOTON SAILING HISTORY
150
SOLAR SAILING FUNDAMENTALS
151
CURRENT SAIL TECHNOLOGY
153
MISSIONS FOR NEARTERM SOLARPHOTON SAILS
156
NEARFUTURE SOLARSAIL DEVELOPMENT POSSIBILITIES
158
SOLARPHOTON SAILS AND SPACE DEVELOPMENT
159
ART OR SCIENCE?
161
THE MESSAGE PLAQUES
162
THE VOYAGER PLAQUES
164
A FUTURE MESSAGE PLAQUE POSSIBILITY HOLOGRAPHY
165
FURTHER READING
167
SPACE BEANSTALKS
169
TAPPING A PLANETS MAGNETIC FIELD FOR POWER AND PROPULSION
170
TETHERS FOR PROPULSION AND POWER AT JUPITER
176
REBOOST MXER TETHERS
179
FURTHER READING
183
CHEMICAL PROPULSION FOR SPACE EXPLORATION GOOD FOR YESTERDAY TODAY AND TOMORROW
185
A REFUELING DEPOT FOR DEEPSPACE EXPLORATION
187
THE RED PLANET MAY PROVIDE FUEL FOR ROUND TRIP TRAVEL TO EARTH
188
OUR NEXT STOPS
189
ABUNDANT AND DISPERSED GAS STATIONS
190
HUMAN EXPLORATION
193
AEROCAPTURE
195
SOLARELECTRIC PROPULSION
196
SOLARTHERMAL PROPULSION
197
SOLAR SAILS
199
SPACE TETHERS
200
DEFENDING THE EARTH
203
NUCLEAR IMPACTTHREAT MITIGATION
205
USING SPACE RESOURCES TO MITIGATE THE THREAT
206
FURTHER READING
208
SPACE MINERS
211
POSSIBLE NEAREARTH RESOURCE LOCATIONS
212
PRELIMINARY EXPLORATION
215
TAPPING MORE DISTANT SPACE MINES
217
SOME EXOTIC POSSIBILITIES
219
PLASMA SAILS
220
MAGNETIC PROPULSION
222
BREAKTHROUGH PROPULSION PHYSICS
225
ANTIGRAVITY
226
TAPPING ZPE AND GETTING SOMETHING FOR NOTHING
227
INSTANT EARTHS
228
THE REDEYE SPECIAL
229
SIGHTS ON CENTAURUS
233
THE FIRST STARSHIPS
234
THE SLOW BOAT TO THE STARS
235
FAST SHIPS
237
SPREADING THROUGH THE GALAXY
238
FURTHER READING
239
AFTERWORD
241
INDEX
243
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About the author (2007)

At present, Dr Matloff teaches physics and astronomy as an Assistant Professor at New York City Technical College, CUNY. He has pioneered the application of gossamer spacecraft to deep-space exploration and has served as a Faculty Fellow in summer 1999, 2000 and 2001 at NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center (MSFC), Huntsville AL. He has participated there on a design team planning interstellar missions propelled by solar sails unfurled Sunward of the Earth. He consults for NASA through Gray Research and Teledyne Brown, in Huntsville AL.

Les Johnson manages the Science Programs and Projects Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. In addition to his NASA credentials, Johnson also is an inventor. He holds three patents, including one received in 1989 for a laser-triggered, fiber-optic neutron detector. His most recent patent was awarded in July 2003 for an electrodynamic sail for propulsion. Johnson is also a two-time recipient of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal.

Ms Bangs’ work is in many permanent collections, including MSFC, the US Library of Congress, the Mint Museum and the Chrysler Museum.

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