Building Blocks

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Emerging sci/tech can widen the scope and reduce the cost of space missions, and transform impossible dreams into feasible, realistic projects.

Summary

New developments in science and technology have a potential to significantly widen the scope and reduce the cost of space missions, and often to transform impossible dreams into feasible, realistic projects. Distributed manufacturing promises low-cost crowdsourced space hardware, personal robotics and LEGO Mindstorms-like building blocks allow citizens to cooperatively prototype advanced robotic systems, and next-generation garage-tech initiatives are lowering space access costs. Blockchain technology is developing new ways to fund and collaborate on ambitious space projects.

Further ahead, research projects on innovative next-generation space propulsion systems, from light-powered sails to new propulsion methods based on exotic physics, promise game-changing breakthroughs. We intend to play a role in the development of all emerging technologies for the space frontier.


Discussion

The jury is still on for exotic propulsion schemes like EmDrive, Mach Effect Drive (MEGA) etc., but if they work they could open a cheap road to the planets and tomorrow the stars. My last article about that published in Motherboard and CNET: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/zmzmpa/emdrive-nasa-impossible-propulsion-system-explained Especially relevant to Building Blocks: "Some exotic propulsion research today is inexpensive "garage science" that doesn't require multi-billion dollar investment, and can even be self-funded. EmDrive enthusiasts can now 3D-print EmDrive parts and start doing independent experimental research."

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