Friday, September 30, 2011

The Space Egg

Here it is - the Space Egg in all its glory. I describe its construction in detail in Transmat World but here's a quick rundown.

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. It uses a 'smart' OLED film to absorb or reflect photons, nudging the asteroid into a different orbit. I also mentioned I would compose a post about what to do with those chunks of rock parked above the Earth. We will mine them for the metals and minerals we need and melt the rest.

In my blog post The Space Mirrror Hack I describe the space mirror, the device that allows us to turn this chunk of rock into something usable. The space mirror concentrates the sun's energy onto the asteroid, turning it into a molten ball of slag. A ceramic 'straw' is then inserted and it is inflated to a desired dimension and it is allowed to cool. The walls will be at least several feet thick, providing protection from even gamma radiation. It will be safer than Earth in the event of a nearby supernova.

Now the inside of this sphere can be fitted out to accommodate human inhabitants. The whole thing will be be parked at a Lagrange Point and set spinning to provide artificial gravity. Several cylindrical layers can be installed to form at least several floors to divvy the space up into living quarters. The central area will be a weightless area used for working on space vehicles that are docked for loading, unloading, or repairs.

Please leave comments/thoughts/ideas for tweaking this future technology.


Glen Hendrix
author Transmat World

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