Quality of life and Space habitats

Recently there had been some commotion in the Netherlands about the fact that due to increasing speed limits average life span expectations will decrease with 20 days. This is because of so-called particulates produced by burning fossil fuels in cars, and when cars are travelling faster the emission of particulates is increased. Particulates are bad for human health, they can cause cancer and other diseases.

As said above a major source of particulates is road traffic. Since particulates have a negative impact on the quality of life, the governments of space habitats should do anything to reduce the amount of these particulates in the atmospheres of space habitats. Therefore Republic of Lagrangia will prohibit the use of internal combustion engines within any space habitat under its authority.

Advancements in electric vehicle technology will make the use of internal combustion engines obsolete. Breakthroughs in fast charging batteries, but also the invention of ultra-capacitors will remove the biggest obstacle to electric cars: low range and long recharging times. Therefore the prohibition of internal combustion engines will not severely affect people’s freedom of movement or overall economic productivity.

All electricity used in space habitats will be produced by Solar Power Satellites, so there will be neither be any emission of particulates caused by the generation of electricity. We should take advantage from the fact that the atmosphere of space habitats are a closed system, to reduce the number of particulates in space habitats and hence improving quality of life.

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Public transportation in O’Neill cylinders

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8 thoughts on “Quality of life and Space habitats”

    1. The idea of using space tethers to produce electricity in space is an interesting idea. However, I see a few drawbacks. First, as far as I have understood the concept, the tether has to be in orbit within a gravitational field, such as Earth’s. Only it’s our idea to build space habitats outside the Earth’s gravitational field at the lagrange points of Earth-Sun system. Secondly, the amount of electricity which could be produced in this way, is most likely very small compared to the demand of a high-tech society.

        1. “If you’re thinking langrange points”

          Well, that’s why we ourselves Republic of Lagrangia. But that does not mean that space tethers are of no use at all. We would still need some infrastructure in orbit, and depending on energy demands such tether might be appropriate as a source of power.

    1. As far as I have understood the issue, the reduction of expected life span with 20 days is the result of increasing maximum speed on highways from 120 km/h to 130 km/h. This increased speed limit corresponds with an increase of particulates, which is a generally accepted scientific fact. So by prohibiting internal combustion engines, the average life span is increased by much more than twenty days as result of the complete elimination of road traffic emitted particulates.

      Under the harm principle, the government has to obligation to reduce the amount of particulates in the air. The prohibition of internal combustion engines is an effective method to accomplish this objective, and is therefore justified. Given the recent developments in electric vehicle technology, the freedom of movement is not at all compromised by this prohibition.

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