I understand that every pound of payload requires so much fuel, driving up the price of getting into space. But what if for cargo that wasn't fragile, we had essentially a rail gun that would put a cargo container into space. It's a pretty basic Idea I figure, yeah, but I'm not sure as far as the limitations on acceleration, the g forces that would be exerted on the cargo, the whole design and aerodynamics, how fast it would need to break terminal velocity, Once it is out of the gravity of the earth, how to stop it, etc...
I'm sure the rail gun would have to be huge, tremendous, like a building or sky scraper. I just wanted to field that one out there, and see what peoples thoughts are on the matter.
Considering that no plan can work if you don't have a goal, what product or service should we offer at the beginning? I asked this on Glasscubes but I'd like to get answers from more people. Remember, there isn't much cash going around right now so the initial investment should be small.
The people who have been working at Glasscubes have decided to make a for-profit company. Unfortunately that means that Reddit will not play as big a role in the project as originally intended. We might still consult with Reddit but it won't be the only resource we will turn to. In addition it means that we will be choosing a different name from "Reddit Space Initiative". If you see the word "Anu" thrown about then you're probably dealing with something related to our plans as that is one of the names we're thinking of choosing.
Since we have a few people on board, we should start coming up with a plan to execute. We need specific goals that can be reached via baby steps. If you have any ideas post them below. It would be especially good if we had both engineers and business logistics people critiquing the plans to come up with something doable.
We have a Dream - Mass space-flight & space colonisation.
We need to break this down into a series of individual specific Goals that can be defined as completed when certain criteria are met. examples below.
1) First space flight with more than 20 commercial passengers. 2) First space flight to another celestial body with a commercial passenger that embarked in orbit. 3) First space flight to contain raw materials to be sold for profit. 4) First permanent settlement on another celestial body with 10 or more permanent occupants. 5) First permanent orbital settlement with 10 or more permanent occupants. 6) First commercial passenger on a return trip to an off-world settlement.
Then you break each Goal down into a very very very long check-list of every little that needs to be achieved to make these things possible. I mean everything. From - chartered space-flight legislation to mining company investment - your first test rocket with an open source engine.
Following that you have to build the Ramp. It is a workflow diagram that puts every single item in the target list into order. the interweaving threads of the ramp give logical progression and flow to the developement process. The Ramp needs to be as detailed as possible.
Finally, you look at what is at the bottom of the Ramp. how can we complete that target. Then its simple. Get to work. obviously the target list and the Ramp get extended drastically as new problems come up during progression, but without the massive breakdown you will never get gradual fundraising and investment. you will never make any meaningful progress.
Ok much of this is just productivity and project breakdown 101. but if we are all on the same page, we can start breaking down the problem and start working on solutions, one minuscule step at a time.
FIRST ON THE AGENDA - SET OUR GOALS. suggestions welcome.
I would like to crack the seal on some legal discussions. What organizational status should we see? What are the benefits of various legal status', and what role would we like to persue in relationship to space related business? Should we ourselves attempt a more close knit and ideologically open organization for it's own benefit? or perhaps persue to unite early space industry before the coming financial boom after the pangs of birth. I have myself separate financial and industrial goals which I would like to accomplish in my own name, and pocket; However it is in the best interest of this world that we work together to bring the brightest future to reality as we possibly can, wealth be damned. Thank you for your time, and consideration.
I'm from Eastern Kentucky, and I'm a land owner. I inherited the land that I have from my father, and in the process of locating and understanding process following his passing I noticed something missing. The mountains were gone. Just outside of the city where my father was from and grew up. It's like this in many places of Appalacia. Mountains are flattened, and a lot of the workforce is employeed to many of the manned below surface mines. I don't mean to be political though my bias may show, what I mean to do is set the stage for the explanation of my particular idea. The same workforce which is used by the manned and, mechanical mining areas could be trained and employeed in Factories related to space industry, and the flattened mountain tops which are generally unused by commercial, industrial, recreational, or residential purposes could be likely purchased for cheaper than virgin land, and not useful for much other than being constructed upon. Bringing industry to these areas would not only be a good idea because of the long standing generational workforces, but it would gain us some decent social sway with the regional communities wherein these workers are produced and we could train.
I know, I know. We are currently conceptual and not in a position to build factories, or produce our products, or build launch sites. But we should consider our possibilities and the different aspects that such a project as what we are undertaking in this loose alliance of minds we have here, could bring to the areas in which we are each intimately aware of. Once again, I don't mean to be political with my references to Mountain top removal, or the industrial practices of regional coal; merely pointing out that in the current situation some opportunities immediately present themselves to me as sensible.
I would like to Hear from you all and the regions with which you are familiar. What could an industry set to make it's mark the coming decade bring to your community? Thank you for your time.
There needs to be a tax exempt status for space effort organisations that actually contribute materially to the effort, and for people that dedicate their lives to it.
For instance if we founded Reddit spac corp tomorrow, the land bought the machinery bought needs to be tax free. the people that make the rocket fuel, build the rockets, work in the CnC etc.. need to be tax free and be allowed to deduct mortgage payments interest etc...
"SpaceX became the first privately-funded company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft."
This seems inconsequential, but has Elon Musk tried Non-rocket Spacelaunch with his Nasa funding?
SpaceX gets funding of upward a billion dollars for their rocket-launches. In a graph on wiki, non rocket spacelaunch would require an initial funding and would then be pennies in comparison to continue to move goods into space.
If space access will continue to be a necessity in the future, then we should shift our methods from one-time chemical rockets, to permanent mediums of space access, such as the Launch Loop or Space Fountain, both of which are buildable by today's methods and materials.