Jan 5, 17 / Aqu 05, 01 22:03 UTC

Additive Manifacturing in space  

We must be able to replace whats been broken and we need to have a fast production rates since the cost will be too high to transfer raw material from Earth to Asgardia. Additive Manifacturing from extra-terrestrial materials must be available to us in the future. Here is an Article about what i just said. I suggest everyone studying/studied Engineering read it. https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/dspace-jspui/bitstream/2134/22805/1/SFF2016%20v3.pdf

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Jan 6, 17 / Aqu 06, 01 16:27 UTC

This is a good read, thanks for posting! I have been thinking about space mining and manufacturing for some time now and until we can find a better way to lift stuff to space I see no better solution. I have always thought that harvesting near earth asteroids might be the way to go. This would require the least amount of deltaV if done correctly, and we could scout these asteroids before sending drones or work crews to mine them. Once near earth objects with desirable elements are located, we can expand a mylar bubble around it and pulverize it to separate the elements. then a crew or drone can process the material into useful supplies. This could be done to make 3D printer medium.

Jan 7, 17 / Aqu 07, 01 05:59 UTC

The cost of sending materials from Earth to orbit is indeed high. And we're unlikely to be getting up there whilst this is so.

The cost of sending materials from orbit to orbit, however, are significantly lower.

All we really need to lift is a seed factory, and a few "tugs"(these could be assembled by the factory, in orbit) which can then tow LEO debris to the seed factory where they can be used to (mostly) allow the seed factory to expand it's facilites until the point it can clone itself, print some more tugs and a couple of centrafugal launchers. The launcher can throw a couple of tugs out to the belt between Mars and jupiter. Then it can throw the cloned seed factory, the tugs can catch it and position it. Few weeks later it can throw a centraugal launcher, same story. The tugs can feed that factory from the belt, if it throws 70% of processed materials back this way, and keeps 30% to upgrade itself, then by the time the first materials get back to us, it's already cloned itself and there's twice the resources inbound. Then double that, then double that, then double that, then double that .... Exponential growth.

Then we can entertain crazy projects, like attempting to house our population...

By the time the first resources arrive, the Earth-side seed factory should of significantly cleared LEO debris, and constructed manufacturing and production facilities. Just the other side of the moon I'd suggest mining facilities for when we start stealing asteroids out of their problematic orbits and strip them bare. For such operations, something like a mylar bubble I don't know if it will be strong enough - but there needs to be some procedures and equipments utilised in order to ensure we don't create any more debris in the act of mining.