Hello Arturo, I loved your article, and I agree, there is a lot more to space colonization than rockets. I was researching NASA's two training stations (by the way, if anyone has a Masters in STEM, you can apply to live on one of the practice stations) https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/moon-mars/a37349989/nasa-mars-colony-simulation/ and I think the main solutions to the problem of an isolated community on Mars would be:
1. 3d printing/CNC cutting with multiple materials
2. hydroponic systems using GMO plants and fish
3. automated construction systems with local materials where possible.
I wonder if concrete is possible with Mars rock, or what kinds of minerals we'll be able to take advantage of. If the value of Mars material outweighs the cost of sending ships back and forth, it won't really be a closed system anymore.
And if people live on the moon, or in low-orbit stations, as well as Earth, there will be new markets for trade and manufacturing.
If you take a peak at some of my links to NASA's website, they do list a number of phenomenal projects on material science, energy capture/creation, plus terraforming tech. Still, without a feasible fuel source, it's hard to imagine actually making it to Mars let alone outside our solar system one day.
That being said, what have you heard about fusion propulsion and what are your thoughts?
I will incorporate those into the medium article, https://medium.com/@kassandra-dick/philosophy-in-space-57809bac9e75, though I think I've covered the second one fairly with the discussion of what kinds of minds are really capable of being space pioneers. I like the way you say it, "they will not be an escape hatch for the wealthy at all"
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I understand what you're saying. It seems like encryption is the answer to that problem, but I don't pretend to understand how that works, or how to implement it. I do understand that regular software updates can mitigate security threats.
I agree, Musk drives people to the edge of what's possible. In a business as cut-throat as his, one must race other companies for the rights to very few jobs. SpaceX is essentially breaking ground just ahead of their competition. I have no doubt that the reason they maintain their slim advantage is because they are working ungodly amounts and demanding more of themselves everyday. I also have no doubt that anyone who can't take the heat would have a dozen other options to choose from.
I can't guarantee the culture at Boeing or Blue Horizon is any different tho...