All posts by Mordanicus

Space advocate, author, classical republican, classical liberal, religious humanist, religious naturalist.

Molecular farming and Space colonization

This post was originally posted on blogspot.com on October 22, 2011

Here on Earth, many people are fearing the risk of contamination of genetic engineered crops. But in space there is no risk of contamination of terrestrial crops, by their genetically engineered counter parts. And this provides space colonies an economic advantage.

While it is likely that here on Earth governments will put (irrational) restrictions on genetic engineering, Spacer governments can introduce more liberal legislation on trans gene crops. This mean that space colonies can engage in molecular farming, and that they can export the compounds of therapeutic value to Earth.

This scheme is lucrative if terrestrial governments continue to block or restrict the growing of pharmaceutical crops. Since pharmaceutical molecules have a rather high value per unit mass, exporting those can be very profitable, while back on Earth people will oppose their production there.

Time will tell us if molecular farming will be a viable source of revenue for space colonies, but the possibility is there.

On the economy of Space Colonies

This post was originally pubished on blogspot.com on January 19, 2012

In this article, I’ll restrict myself to space colonies in Near Earth space.

Since space colonization cost a huge amount of money, it is necessary that the first space colonies are making profits. For the purpose of this article I’ll assume that space colonies will be financed primarily be issuing corporate bonds at international stock markets. Continue reading On the economy of Space Colonies

Is Helium 3 really the future?

This post was originally posted on blogspot.com on February 22, 2012

In another post I have presented arguments against returning to the Moon. Although more and more people are discovering that the prospect of mining Near Earth Asteroids is superior to Lunar mining activities, there are still people, like Newt Gingrich, who believe that humans should establish a base on the Moon. As Eric Drexler argues, returning to the moon is a waste of money. Continue reading Is Helium 3 really the future?

Review of “Statehood in Space” by Phillip Bosshardt

This post was originally posted on blogspot.com at September 11, 2012

Introduction

On the site of the National Space Society I found the following article of interest. In this posting I will provide some critical comments. The article is about statehood in space, which is our ultimate aim. Since the article is composed of five parts, I will present my comments for each part separately. Continue reading Review of “Statehood in Space” by Phillip Bosshardt

Forget the Moon, start with the Near Earth Asteroids

This post was originally published at October 22, 2011 at blogspot.com

The early proponents of space colonization, O’Neill in particulary, proposed an scheme in which we should first establish a base on the Moon. Because it is much cheaper to use resources from the Moon, then to import them from Earth. Only elements which cannot be found on the Moon in significant quantities, most notably the Moon lack large amounts of hydrogen, carbon and nitrogen (which are essential for life), should be imported from Earth to space habitats. According to O’Neill’s planning a few years after finishing the first habitats, we should move to the Asteroid belt. There we should have all necessary elements to our dispossal. Continue reading Forget the Moon, start with the Near Earth Asteroids