Space colonization will only be viable if we are able to launch stuff into outer space at reasonable cost. Currently spaceflight depends on chemical rockets to reach orbit. However, chemical rockets suffer from a severe bottleneck. Continue reading Laser beam propulsion
Casey Schreiber explains in the video below the Garden City concept as envisioned by Ebenezer Howard.
Here is an interesting read by Jean-Yves Tizot on the political theory behind the garden city movement.
The video below provides an excellent view of what a O’Neill Cylinder would look like.
Technological progress and innovation are by no doubt important issues for the success of the humanization of outer space. Hence we need to consider the role patents will have to play in the society and economy of future space settlements. Continue reading On Patent Reform
We are great fans of permaculture, as it perfectly fits into to the second of the Four Goals as formulated by O’Neil:
There should be found an optimal living climate for the entire world population
But what is permaculture? In the video below the principles of permaculture are explained.
One type of permaculture is the food forest and this is explained in the video below:
Food forest are nice way to realize to vision O’Neill had for the design of the interior of the O’Neill cylinder: villages separated by forests. And additionally it combines goal #2 with #1, to eradication of hunger and poverty.
Though the term Banana Republic is usually used as a pejorative to denote corrupt failed states. However, it might be time to improve the meaning of this phrase.
As distances within a space habitat will be rather small, only a couple of kilometers in most designs , bicycles will be an excellent mode of transportation for space settlers. Promoting cycling will also have environmental and public health benefits. Continue reading Public bicycle system
The Guardian has a good article about a campaign to make Cleveland, Ohia (USA) a lead-free city. The article also contains a table with some of the negative consequences of lead exposure on the health of children.
Real Engineering explains how solar sails work in the video below: