Thoughts on Elon’s Mars Architecture

Very well considered observations of space exploration and terraforming…

denniswingo

Preface

In writing about any architecture for space exploration I have a set of fundamental philosophies that govern my thoughts on the matter.

The Economic Development of the Solar System

It is my considered opinion that the economic development of the solar system is the best path (along with the development of advanced nuclear energy sources on the Earth) toward maintaining and advancing our human civilization, whether on or off the Earth.  The issues that those who believe in a Malthusian dystopia (population growth, resource depletion, energy) are all solved by this great leap into space.  The graphic below was first put together by the Chairman of the Board of General Electric, Ralph Cordiner, in 1960.

Cordiner fig 3 The Economic Development of the Solar System

Cordiner gave a speech in 1960 that was transcribed into a book by Simon Ramo, along with several other writers on the subject of the then just…

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