Category: Colonization

Posts specific to space colonization

Deep Space Travel: NASA Picks Six Companies to Build Habitation Modules

Traveling to distant planets can be tough on space travelers. Spacecraft are constantly bombarded with radiation, debris impact is an ever-present threat, and cramped confines can cause even the most steely-eyed astronaut to question his […]

The New Space Race: Elon Musk Will Beat Everyone to Mars

A few weeks ago, Elon Musk announced his ambitious plan to have SpaceX send an unmanned Red Dragon capsule to Mars in 2018. Yesterday, he upped the ante, saying that he anticipates sending the first […]

Mars Space Station in the Works

A manned mission to Mars was once the stuff of science fiction, now it is the equivalent of this generation’s Apollo Program. It will take a Herculean effort to send astronauts on a journey of hundreds of […]

3D Printing in Space

A few years ago, I wrote a post about how 3D printing would be essential for any sort of colonization efforts or long distance manned missions. Next month, Made In Space, a Silicon Valley tech […]

ESA’s Moon Base and How it Gets Us to Mars

The European Space Agency (ESA) recently formalized plans to send missions to the moon beginning in the early 2020s, with manned missions following by the middle of the decade. By 2030, they hope to have […]

The Key to Getting to Mars: Balloons

Okay, not balloons, exactly, but the next closest thing: inflatable habitation modules. With existing technology, the planned travel time to Mars is about six months. That’s a lot of time cooped up in a small […]

Asteroid Mining a Step Closer

Earlier this week, the reality of asteroid mining came a step closer when President Obama signed into law the Space Act of 2015, which includes in it provisions that allow U.S. companies to mine asteroids […]

Technology: Movies Getting it Right – And Wrong: The Martian

Being a techie I really enjoy science fiction movies. What ruins one for me is a technical inconsistency or failure to get a technology correct. This post is my second in a series on the subject […]

3-D Printing: Can it Enable Space Colonization?

You’re a space colonist. You’ve just embarked on a one-year journey to Jupiter’s moon Europa. It’s the adventure of a lifetime, you aspired to this, you trained for it, you got up the nerve to […]