Category: space station

The Moon is gateway to space, and in the future it might serve as an industrial and mining complex fueling vast production of spaceships, rocket fuel, satellites, space stations, and colonial habitats.

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Microgravity can be used to unlock old materials and make new ones in ways that can’t be replicated on Earth. Private companies know this, and are leading the charge toward the next gold rush. But can they turn low Earth orbit into a home for the next industrial revolution?

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Since the beginning of spaceflight, over 9,000 satellites have been launched into orbit. Along with every satellite, there is around 100,000 tonnes of space debris, most of which is too small for us to track. This video looks at the powerful physics behind space collisions and the different methods that are used to shield the International Space Station.

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Humanity is in a bit of a transition period, a time when it makes sense to launch material up and out of Earth’s gravity well into orbit, and beyond. But it’s really expensive, costing up to $10,000 per pound you want in orbit, and 10 times if you want it on the Moon.

But over the coming decades, more and more of our space-based infrastructure will be built in space, manufactured out of materials that were mined in space.

The only thing that’ll actually need to leave the Earth’s clingy gravity well will be us, the humans, the tourists, wanting to visit all that space infrastructure.

Of course, in order to achieve that space future, engineers and mission planners will need to design and construct the technology that will make this possible.

That means testing out new prototypes, technologies and methodologies for mining and space-based manufacturing.

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Indian Space Research Organization chief K Sivan recently revealed plans to launch a space station around 2030. It will be a relatively small station where astronauts would only stay for 15 to 20 days, but that should be enough to allow microgravity experiments. India won’t lean on other countries for help, Sivan said.

More details are expected to come after India’s first human mission in 2022. It’s currently focused on an uncrewed lander mission to the Moon that launched on July 22nd.

If everything goes according to plan, this will make India part of a very exclusive club. Apart from the partner countries involved with the International Space Station, only China, Russia and the US have operated orbital homes away from home.

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As the founder, CEO and lead designer at SpaceX, a private company that makes rockets and spacecraft, Elon Musk envisions a time when his reusable rockets will bring people to the moon and Mars. He’s focused on humans becoming a “multi-planet species,” and on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, he speaks with Jeffrey Kluger (editor-at-large at Time magazine, and the co-author of “Apollo 13”) about his vision for the future.

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2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)

Don Dixon

Robert McCall

The world of tomorrow, circa 2024, on display in GM’s Futurama ride at the New York World’s Fair, 1964.