April 4, 2018

For as long as I can remember there have been figures in authority positions within my life attempting to instill a sense of fear or concern for the future.  As I have grown older, parents and teachers have given way to business and though leaders with pessimistic views of the future.  During my early years it was the threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union, the hole in the ozone layer, and threat of a global pandemic.  Since then I have seen an increase in trepidation over the nebulous threat of terrorism, chemical weapons, guns in schools, global warming and many other fears playing on our sense of mortality and lack of control.  At the same time, I have also noticed a rise in anxiety towards technology.

In regards towards technology and the future it is nothing new to have a wide spectrum of viewpoints.  George Orwell’s novel 1984 famously predicted a world in which the ruling elite used technology to spy on their citizens to maintain control, and in 1920’s R.U.R....

March 21, 2018

The Weight Equation

Following on from my thesis (which can be found here) one opportunity which I have continued researching is the potential of additive manufacturing (3D printing) in becoming the foundation for future development and advancement in space.  Currently the main limitation on human exploration of space is The Weight Equation or put simply, the cost per Kg of material lifted from somewhere on the surface of the Earth to a destination in space.  This has historically been prohibitively expensive, for example, the International Space Station is estimated to weigh roughly 925k pounds or 419.6k Kg. 1 

As the ISS is located in low earth orbit (LEO) we could use a reasonable estimate of $10,000 per pound lifted using modern technology (though when much of the ISS was put into orbit that number was far higher) meaning that just getting the ISS or something of equivalent size to LEO would cost roughly $10 billion.  This is a financial figure that is prohibitively expensive for...

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