What’s a space truck going to look like? Hopefully it will b a darn sight different than the trucks speeding down your nearby interstate. Given the lesser concern for gravity and a complete lack of atmosphere then a lunar space truck may be as simple as a converted booster stage of a rocket. Or at least that’s the idea from George Sowers of the United Launch Alliance.
With this ‘truck’ as a dependable transfer vehicle then resources could be extracted from the Moon and delivered to lunar orbit. For use anywhere… maybe back to Earth, maybe on to Earth-Moon Lagrange 1, maybe a trip to Mars, maybe to your own development environment.
This truck could be one useful tool for developing the Moon. Can you think of any other useful tools? Any ready now for use on the Moon? Send us a description and we’ll happily present it.
“Should life have a meaning?” pondered Aditya. “Are our actions predefined, history simply like water being guided down the riverbed? Or do we have a choice? And each decision dramatically affects every object, every atom which results in ripples spreading out through the universe.”
With Aditya’s lifetime love of games and simulations he’d often consider this issue. For instance if he were destined to win the pachisi game then why bother sitting down to play? Or, if his presence was instrumental in furthering the lunar colony then should he worry about safety?
Perhaps these thoughts were caused by his present view staring straight down the hillside. A precipitous drop that showed nothing at the bottom. Nothing but perhaps the borders of Naraka.
Softly Aditya shook his head and he moved his eyes back to the horizon. Beside him was Zara. She had a smile on her face portraying both humour and concern.
“So don’t worry, we’re not going to jump in or anything.” she relayed to Aditya. She liked his cheerful, warm companionship that seemed to permeate through the spacesuit, through her and onwards. “What we have here is the smartest sphere I know. It’s a LIDAR contour plotter. We send it over the edge and aim it for the bottom. It then records a three dimensional map of the surface all the way down. Easy!” she concluded.
She knew that Aditya already knew all about the sphere. He had written many of the algorithms that had taken previous mappings and turned them into workable views on their three dimensional imager un the Hab. She was thinking that Aditya needed to return to the present from which ever realm he was so deeply involved.
“Wasn’t it one playwright who provided us the phrase ‘to be or not to be’?” invoked Aditya. “Does nobility have any effect on the game or do we simply continue on within this maelstrom of life?”
“Not sure.” replied Zara. “But we’ve only got a short time to be here so how about leaving the hard questions for a minute and help me set up the relay platform. We need to aim its transmitting antenna to the Hab and its receive antenna will extend past the edge. I don’t want to disappoint Xu if we are forced to leave this mid-way through because our suits ran out of power or air.” she cautioned.
Aditya felt his eyes relax and he turned to help Zara with constructing the platform. He knew all the risks and limitations of this exercise. He knew that while life may be predetermined he still had to make good decisions and then act on them. While his presence on the Moon may have been predetermined, it certainly hadn’t come freely. He had spent much of his life deep in the logics of mathematical theories and modeling of the real world. Moving from academia to being a practitioner on the lunar surface had pushed him to levels of concentration and consideration that he’d never known were possible.
“Sorry Aditya” he began “I had a feeling. Not really of mental wanderlust. More like an appreciation of my presence in the universe. I do find it rather curious at how most people fall into the trap of placing themselves at the centre of the universe. And then expecting the universe to unveil its grand plan to them. I just need to remind myself that I’m simply a collection of inconsequential stardust.”
“Inconsequential or not” invoked Zara “I need your collection of dust to pull that lever just a little bit further to the right. And then the universe will be all OK again.” she smiled.
Could we ever match the collecting power of a government? They are awesome! They can enforce the submission of taxes from both individuals and corporations. All for the common good. Will people on Earth ever agree to their taxes, their tithes being used for off-world development? Even if it meant a better world on Earth? Or, using other words, who’s leading this parade?
Let’s divide purchasing into two paradigms. One paradigm has a purchase being off-the-shelf. For example when buying a home we can purchase from a land developer and select one of their designs. The other paradigm is to singularly define your purchase, i.e. design your unique home. The former usually is less expensive as development costs get spread across all copies of the same design. The later will have every feature, every characteristic you desire. But the cost is significantly greater. While there aren’t any land developers on the Moon, what’s the best way to choose a home?
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