Thursday, September 22, 2011

Asteroid to Habitat: The Transformation Begins

Credit: Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA under Creative Commons License

My blog post Saving the World discusses the means for herding asteroids into orbit around Earth and it’s not a pie-in-the-sky, out-of-this-world device but a reasonably cheap and technically doable method for accomplishing this feat. This would be done using what I call “smart foil” which in reality is a flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode film - basically the TV screen of the future. It is a real technology already being used in cell phone screens and small TV's.

The Space Mirror Hack is another post where I introduce the technology of the inflatable, adjustable mirror in orbit around Earth. With it we can begin to go to work on this asteroid we have parked between the Earth and Moon. We begin to melt it down. By focusing the power of several mirrors onto the asteroid, it is melted into a liquid form. In this state it assumes a naturally spherical shape. A ceramic tube is then inserted into this molten mass and gas is introduced to the middle inflating this mass like a glass blower would inflate a glass bauble. Ideally, a hollow sphere of rock is created with walls about six feet thick. This would protect against even high-energy gamma rays. Now we must outfit this sphere, making it habitable. In the next post we explore one possibility - the Space Egg.

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