Dec 21, 16 / Cap 20, 00 15:30 UTC
Infinite Resources ¶
Truely, the incredibly finite resources available on this single planet are not the most sensible to consume.
I therefore propose that a priority be to begin extracting the vast, and almost inexhaustible resources that are abundant offworld. From the perspective of an entity with a short enough lifespan(say, humans) they could almost be considered infinite. Definitely if you cast the net wide/far enough.
I'm aware this would constitute a loose overview as opposed to an actual roadmap, but my personal suggestion would be to develop an ISS module. This could be ready to attach by 2020 ⃗ 2025 in line for when NASA abandon it. The module is basicaly a "seed factory" - A collection of highly automated tools: 3D printer, CNC, a few robot arms to move things about... It could then print and assemble a couple of "tugs" that can begin to harvest "waste" from LEO in order to upgrade itself, print more tugs, and eventually clone itself for deployment closer to more distant resources, whilst lifting the minimal amount of mass from the surface. Once it has sufficiently expanded itself, it should then be possible to start making/storing modular components for the first orbital resource extraction and purificaiton facilities ready for towing asteroids to(I'd suggest positioning this about 150,000 ⃗ 250,000 meters the other side of the moon, just above NASA's cislunar station that will be there by this time).
This will serve two functions. Primarily, it will be an initial source of (infinite)resources, both raw and refined/processed materials. Additionally it will remove both large hunks and small chunks of rock that'll be spinning about in unfavourable orbits, making the solar system a little safer.
Such an infrastructure could feasibly provide for construction of the first Asgardian orbital farms by 2050(Every civilisation requires to eat, and initially this could be sold to Earth to supplicate other initatives, with eventual construction of sufficient farms being able to provide for every Asgardian's need and Earth's deficit of arable farming land, which by 2050 will be prominent) and once all other supporting infrastructure exists, the first long-term Asgardian residential station(s), and making us truely a(n independant) space nation.
In an effort to reduce the "me too" posts, I would suggest replies focus on the more practical aspects of various facets that would be required to be addressed in order to make this a reality.