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Long-term space flight will take its toll on astronauts including entropy, bone loss, radiation and a feeling of loneliness. For us to send people into long-term space flights, which could take years if not decades we will need to consider modification concepts to our space craft.
There are a number of things we can do. I propose that the water we will need for these space missions be stored along the outer shells of the astronauts quarters thus protect them from radiation. I also propo ...more
Currently there are over 30,000 people ho have put their names on a list with deposits to go into space. The FAA has set up guidelines for space tourism companies. Luckily NASA is helping to kick star and has seed funding for larger orbital transport vehicles, which can take many people into space at one time. Such a vehicle can bring equipment to the International Space Station, repair or tow satellites, as well as take people for the ride of their lives.
Unfortunately the Earth's grav ...more
Will America continue its promise to its Mission to the Moon and Mars or will the electorate pull back and vote to divert taxpayer's monies from NASA to social services or other endeavors at home?
So often Science Fiction authors keying off the seventies movement to cut the budget of NASA in trade for funding problems at home during downturns in the business cycle; will write in their novels of how complications arise when budget cuts in the space program are cut. In fact Isaac Asimov, ...more
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the battle space are subject to all the dangers of modern warfare. So often we think of a UAV as immune to being shot down, not so, in fact a SAM or surface to air missile can easily take one out. And many countries have SAMs and in the future more will. There are Russian, Chinese and EU countries with shoulder launches SAMs, which are quite problematic for UAV longevity in the battlespace.
Many smaller SAMs and the shoulder launched type home in on the heat ...more
There is a problem with telematics generally for operating remote equipment, especially high dollar assets like space toys, rovers, UAVs and ROVs underwater. That problem which must be over come is time delay. And with a human operator it is even more serious as there are issues with reaction time on top of the time delay to send signals. If an ROV gets too close to an underwater sea cliff and is moving with the water currents then it could hit the side and be damaged before the operator on t ...more
Recently in an online think tank we were discussing the potential need to modify human life for long-term space flight because currently humans bones cannot take that long-term mission and because well they eat too much. And if you do not believe that, well just look at the average overweight American? As soon as human modification was mentioned a religious fundamentalist immediately piped in and said such a notion was Satanistic and further stated:
"Read about Satanism, money clubs, Wo ...more
Fighter aircraft are becoming more and more agile and if humans are going to continue to fly them and compete with artificial intelligent UAVs then the future fighter pilot will need a little help. I propose Aircraft Flight Control Systems with Mind Reader Enabling Devices. I know what you are saying; Lance what kind of crazy idea is this? Let me explain.
We will use a device inside the fighter pilot's helmet, which will read the brain activity and pre-activate the controls. When the fi ...more
Some folks believe that we should not begin to terraform Mars because we have done a lousy job as stewards of the Earth's atmosphere. They say things like we cannot even fix the smog on Earth. Indeed there are places where the smog is very bad, like in Mexico City, Beijing and New Delhi. But when talking about the United States, well I have to completely disagree with the statement that we cannot "Fix Smog."
Our forests need some CO2 for the Trees, which convert it into oxygen, a lot of ...more
Perhaps we should discuss some theory of exploitation of another mans defense system. The best way to exploit a defense system is to find a whole or weakness. Since the United States knows all our own weaknesses we should find a way to shore up the most critical, yet realize that we do not have to shore up everyone provided we have a contingency or back-up plan in case of attack. Think of a football team with a safety, if the opponent breaks thru the first two lines of defense then your safet ...more
When studying distribution systems from an abstract standpoint and truly understands the maximum efficiency you need to take a look at what nature teaches us with her hundreds of millions of years of evolution. Consider the distribution of trade amongst nations or the flow of money and how this resembles blood flow system in complex organisms and species. Think of the computer use of bandwidth and the flows of information. Look at the railroads, water pipelines and trucking industry for insta ...more