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Posted 6/28/10
If space mining was possible so would reffing the materials in space would also be important.. The privet sector would know which was feasible and which is not.
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Posted 6/28/10

sindba-d wrote:


Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

No.. There are other methods. You thinking in a square quite flat one at that.
Rockets will only be need till a off planet base is built.. a orbit base.
supplies can be manufactured off planet. 'Supplies then can be transported to earth from the orbit base (drops). The need for rockets would then only be needed every few years for fresh manpower. Most of the work can be done through AI Robots, and remote-controlling robots run right from the orbit base or from earth..

Space bases can fit in rockets do to being inflatable. That is right we have structures that can be built on earth and sent up fully intact. Just needs to be blown up.

A person can go 5 years in space, as long as they maintain them self through a little bit of exerciser a day. (15 mins) Even if they do not need to, being we can remote everything from earth..


And the guys spending several years in space would be criminals? Slaves?

Even if you manage to find a few astronauts willing to spend several years in space, half of your crew would commit suicide after after a few years. You can't count on humans and you have to exchange crews every few months.

AI would be a possibility, but what do you do when you robot breaks down? Just a grain of dust inside the machinery, a screw loosening and your whole robot doesn't work anymore. Remember Hubble?

Space mining isn't feasable, at least not to bring anything back to Earth. You need space mining if you want to explore space, but for nothing else.


both space mining a permanent bases with families is feasible and has already been explored by NASA. A permanent landing and housing base has been looked into for the moon already.. And can be powered by solar panels. Housing, communities, and jobs will be there. Air can be made for the base through Air-rock process, same with H2O.

just think if people did not think it was feasible to explore the ocean, or to settle in new lands.
Lucky are ancestors did not have your mind set.

A few 1000 rocket launching into space does not leave behind the pollution one small meteorite does. and we are bombarded by them just about daily. Are planet is a open system, and we get it no matter if we are doing the mining or not.

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i know this is an old thread, but I find this interesting. Astromining currently is very expensive. To make it economical, first you need to make getting in and out of our little Gravity Well easier, cheaper and cleaner. For that you need to build some sort of Space Elevator or Sky Hook or anti-grav device. Second you need a way to get out to and back to these resources and to bring them back to be used so you need to build mining and cargo vessels and that is where you hit a major snag since I know of no way to cheaply build a fleet of vessels to do the work. Lastly you need cheap labor, but the very nature of being in space means you need expensive well trained labor to ensure survivable
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Love the topic...

Space Elevator is your best bet of getting free of earths gravity well using carbon nano tubes it would hold the weight and stress. As we stand now with Nasa shutting down and the private sector finally starting there is a possibility for someone to make the initial MASSIVE investment to establish a "ship yard" outside of the atmosphere (either like ISS or on the moon).

As it stands with current technology and financial limitations it is impractical to do these things. The time it takes to get a mining company to a potential destination is already too long to make it worth the investment for their potential returns. While some scientists have been working in Russian labs on how well a team of humans can coop with the small living quarters and extended time theyd spend in a ship to just to travel to mars, there is no way to really ask a person to sacrifice 5 years of their life (and major body damage in muscle and bone density from no gravity) just for a shipment of rocks. Oh, and wherever you land you also have to take back off from, so the ship has to carry the spare fuel and rockets to the planet instead of using momentum to travel around like the probes we've sent into space.

The best way I've seen the argument summed up was when someone said that anyone who would be venturing beyond the moon would be equal to the american pioneer heading west. They would leave their life behind and there is no chance of return. In exchange they would be brave souls pushing back the new frontier as they worked to create bases on foreign space objects, originally settling in caves and mining o2 out of polar caps they'd begin to terraform a planet for future generations.
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Posted 9/13/11
Planetary mining is inefficient, look at how much energy and time it takes now. There is more water and usable minerals in space than near the surface of any planet.
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Posted 9/15/11
Criswell Predicts: Space mining would lead to conflict with a tall blue people that will end in our defeat when they follow a paralyzed traitor.

Seriously, I think space mining is not practical at our present level of technology due to the vastness of space. As we advance, however, I imagine space mining will become important for support off-world colonies that will be distant from Earth.
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