Volgende Meetup

Space manufacturing get together. Watching videos, brainstorming.
10 % of global GDP or approx 7 trillion euro would allow even with present day launch price (approx 60 million) to launch[masked] Falcon 9 rockets yearly This fact truly presents immediate opportunity for our societies to extend our continuous presence in space way beyond the ISS. We are limited more by production capacity and the number of people working on these things then by our state of technology. We have a long way to go in order to truly benefit from our presence in space, meaning that we can live in space in significant numbers (>billions) and in comfortable places (build great habitats and reach new earths). Population in 2050 is projected to be around 10-11 billion. These projections take already into account that we converge towards smaller families effectively meaning that we are already subconsciously limiting our lives. China has done this consciously for quite a while. In my opinion we should not project on how things go and worries and self limitation but on how opportunities really should be and then try if they can be realized. What if we all sustain e.g. 4 children families in that case in 2050 we would be roughly 14 billion and[masked] billion. Probably still no problem. Nevertheless I believe it is very clear that we have to extend in space in order for our children to be able to keep on growing comfortably and have a geat outlook. I believe that our goal should really minimally be that somewhere in the 2050s at any given time approximately1 billion people reside in space. This seems a very odd number now but a simple exponential curve leads us there. If we assume 2018 has 100 orbital space flights (actually projection is >150) and this doubles in 2020 to 200 (which more than likely with spacex, blue origin, sls (nasa), ula and China, India, Russia, Japan and many nations/organisations; and the plans for a moon base of blue origin but also ESA). Suppose we then keep up this pace of doubling so[masked] orbital flights,[masked], and so one then in the year 2050 alone we have more than 13 million space flights. By that time likely also on average about 100 people can be on a flight to a LEO station (like ISS) which means we will then be shuttling 1.3 billion people into space yearly. By comparison in 2017 alone 4 billion passengers flights were flown by airplanes (first planes took off a few meters above ground not much more than 100 years ago, first orbital spaceflight was in 1957 this will be 100 years ago in 2057). Space industry might not be very different. A flight to a LEO station takes much less time than an average airliner flight. By that time, having so much more knowledge and presence of machinery and habitats in space and the accomplishment of fusion; we will likely be able to construct ships that might reach e.g. the alpha centauri system within 20-30 years from 2050 at 20-30 %c. Which means that we are then starting to have chances to arrive at true new earths (even if we might need them less technology wise) and make incredible exploratory journeys (using e.g. industry and mining on moon). Crucial hereto today is that we start growing serious capacity to manufacture in space and have good places to stay in space. In space stations in LEO, on moon, mars etc. Step by step day by day. In order to develop a intuition for what has already been done or can be done now connecting to near future launch capacity we watch videos about present day endeavors and visions with regard to space manufacturing and manufacturing on earth. A lot of tech may be applicable in space e.g. automated tech for construction in space may also allow automated construction on earth building e.g. great housing and infrastructure in places where this is currently lacking without the labour and efforts normally involved.

Venlo Railroadstation

Stationsplein 1 · Venlo

Wat we doen

Only by becoming interstellar we can keep growing human life. And what an amazing journey, to achieve longevity and then reach out to the stars but also to work on a peaceful and sustainable earth returned into a upgraded sustainable pristine state. It seems extraordinarily challenging but also maybe not totally impossible in the future given the pace of technological progress. With all the computing power and algorithms available today we should definitely act massively daily towards these truly meaningful goals and increase our capacity to achieve them.

Certainly there are so many innovations and projects necessary contribute to the above. Our capability towards achieving this is growing every day in even the most unexpected places. Every time our engineering tools get better even if it is to produce better roller bearings, electric engines, etc., we are moving forward.

Probably focus should be 1) biotechnology (nanotech in general) when it comes to longevity. 2a) In space manufacturing, 2b) robotics (automation) and 2c) nuclear fusion engines when it comes to space exploration (since what we really need is assembly of large spacecraft that can reach another solar system). Along the way we as a humanity might build more space stations, moon bases, bases on other planets etc.) Surely many steps are necessary to get to a point were we can reach new earth like planets, we are only just beginning and have done very little construction in space. Even automated factory lines on earth are not yet perfected enough to work without human intervention or we do not yield net energy from fusion sustainably. So there is a lot of work to do. Nice work is being done to lower cost of access to space, but in my opinion we should invest at least 10% of global GDP into space. This means we could already with present day launch cost launch (not taking into account any economies of scale) more than 100000 falcon 9 rockets yearly into space. That is quite amazing! And in my opinion it truly shows that we as a humanity should seriously refocus and could do so much more. Also 10-20% of global GDP could be spend on longevity, given the incredible progress of understanding of our biology and nanoscience we should become. And another 10% of GDP on world peace and prosperity for all. Focus here should probably be on abundance economics and philosophy but also just giving away healthcare, construction of infrastructure etc. to places which are not yet well connected to global progress.

Our idea is that with the above vision in mind we team up brainstorm about, define, setup and engineer concrete projects grounded in present day opportunity that contribute in the best and most effective imaginable way to the above.

Alcohol and such are not allowed during this meetup. Just to keep the community what it is really meant to be for; which is having fun doing great things, learning, getting to know people interested in making interstellar living a reality as well as people who want to make the current world a more sustainable, accessible and peaceful place s.t. earth forever remains a wonderful home!