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TransAustin

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This is how I'm hoping the interplanetary economy will look like by the end of the 21st Century in order to sustain a growing colony on Mars. There are seven major players in the system; Earth, Earth orbit, Mars, Mars orbit, the Moon, Near-Earth Asteroids and Main-Belt Asteroids. 

 

Earth: High tech Manufactured goods------> Mars

 

Mars: Low tech manufactured goods and food staples----->Moon, Main-belt Asteroids 

          Deuterium-------> Earth

 

Moon: Helium 3-------> Earth

 

Near-Earth asteroids: Water, construction metals------> Earth Orbit

                                   Platinum group metals------> Earth

 

Main-Belt asteroids: Water, construction metals ------>Mars orbit

                              Platinum group metals------> Earth

 

Notes: 

-Solar panels, ceramics, plastics, steel, iron, and CH4/O2 rocket fuel, can all be made on Mars with naturally existing materials with the  help of human machinery.  Agriculture  can be sustained on Mars. These would be used locally as well as well as delivered to the small  settlements in the main-belt asteroids (likely Ceres), and the Earths Moon (It is easier to reach the Moon from Mars than from Earth).

 

-Deuterium is 5 times more prevalent on Mars than on Earth and is used in current nuclear power as well as first and second  generation fusion power. Once fusion power is widespread, the prices of Deuterium will skyrocket from what it is already priced at which  is already fairly high (12 times the cost of Silver).

 

-Water and construction metals(high grade Nickel, Iron) will be transported to both Mars and Earth orbits from Near-Earth/Main-Belt asteroids for in-orbit refueling and construction.

 

-Helium 3 is non-existent on Earth and can be used for 2nd generation fusion energy later in the century.


Edited by TransAustin, 23 August 2013 - 06:45 AM.


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This looks awesome. But what about Phobos and Deimos? Do they have anything to offer?


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Not in my life time...

 

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Edited by Matthew, 23 August 2013 - 12:35 AM.


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Oort Cloud: Trafficked alien females ------------------> Earth, Mars, Moon


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This looks awesome. But what about Phobos and Deimos? Do they have anything to offer?

Hmm.. I haven't really researched them. My guess is that they could be used as construction or refueling sites, given that at least a very small amount of gravity is better than none during construction.






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