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Why space settlement?

Kalpana space station

Why are we particularly interested in space settlement, rather than simply space exploration, or even just the development of space industry? What are the benefits of actually living there? Abundant resources Space represents an unlimited supply of valuable resources, including

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Becoming Multiplanetary

This is the first chapter of my new book “Becoming Multiplanetary”. Please put your feedback in the comments below or email me at shaun@astromultimedia.com. Thank you! “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” — Victor Hugo

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In Situ Food Production (ISFP)

Growing food on Mars is an exercise in efficiency. The facilities will not (at least initially) be available to grow every kind of fruit, vegetable, grain, nut and herb that we are used to. We may only be able to

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Me presenting Blue Dragon at the Australian Space Science Conference, 1 October 2013

“Blue Dragon” is a humans-to-Mars mission architecture based on the NASA Design Reference Architecture, with various improvements to improve safety and reduce cost. It leverages COTS hardware likely to be available within the next decade, is designed as the seed

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Energy on Mars, Part 2

Solar In the short term, solar energy is the simplest way to obtain energy on Mars, which is why we use solar panels on rovers such as Pathfinder, Spirit and Opportunity. Because Mars is farther from the Sun it receives

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In Situ Resource Utilisation

Apart from ECLSS (Environment Control and Life Support Systems) and space vehicles, ISRU is one of the most important capabilities we need to develop in order to settle Mars. “In Situ Resource Utilisation”, or “ISRU”, simply means using local resources.

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The Four Primary Stages of Mars Settlement

These are what I imagine to be the four primary stages of human settlement of Mars: Human exploration Establishment of permanent colonies and infrastructure Formation of a Martian society Terraforming Let’s briefly review each of these, before covering each in

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