The people of Earth are going into space. Who has the right to do what and where out there? How do we avoid the mistakes made on Earth, yet encourage the harvest of space resources that might save the planet? How do we make sure no one grabs the solar system yet enable regular people to dream they might own a house on the Moon or homestead Mars?
The idea of an exotic liaison in space is always hanging “out there”, and some believe it has already happened. But what of reproduction? What happens to embryos in different gravities, or levels of radiation? Will those who grow up on Mars, the Moon or floating in space be a new species?
The longest time a person has been in space is 437.7 days. Given we are going out there to live, what have we learned? How do we deal with radiation? Or different gravities? What about emergencies? What is different about each location? Can we build colonies that protect us from these issues, do we pop a pill, or do we engineer ourselves into something new?
Three sets of three presenters will have 10 minutes to lay out their plans for the first 300 person settlement or base on the moon, mars, and free space. They will then be interviewed by our Judges and face a vote by our attendees and online viewers.
Napoleon said an army lives on its stomach. The same thing applies in space, where we will have to grow or make our own food. Learn about the amazing work now underway to develop high output agriculture and how these lessons can be applied to space, and how breakthroughs in space agriculture can help feed the Earth.
Without the ability to use space resources there can be no frontier. We simply can’t bring everything we need from the Earth. From asteroid mining, to making propellant from the Martian atmosphere, we must learn to live off the land wherever we are in the Solar System. So how do we find and harvest those resources?
Outside the doors of the academic sessions, the other side of the brain kicks in! Settlement isn’t just about engineering, it’s about creating an entire new culture. From art to architecture, cultures of imagination and alternative media, halls, displays and performances that celebrate the potential of life and our future.
If you’re a million miles from Earth it makes sense to be able to make what you need to do the job where you are. From additive manufacturing to smelting steel and iron, or even growing biological constructs, we must be able to make what we need to build our new civilization.
Space Technology Art and Research Open the air lock and blow your mind talks by leading edge thinkers about frontiers, the future and the fantastic. In 12 minutes you will be beamed into new realms of thought and imagination. From space art to life on other worlds, trans-humanism to interstellar transport your picture of the world of tomorrow will change forever.
In space the sun shines 24/7/365. So how do we capture that energy and turn it into the power we need to build a new space civilization? Equally important, how can we send some of that power back to the Earth to help save the planet? And is it worth it?