July 8, 2008

Snippets, 7/7/2008

  • Community
  • Engineering
    • We should be starting conceptual design with our consultants next week.
    • Wayne has finished an Aquariumstead model using a pool noodle for the spar.  Still working on DIY instructions / kits.
    • We are going to hold off on Poolstead until we know what design we are going to use, since that is still very much up in the air.
  • Research – Nada
  • Administrative


2 Comments on “Snippets, 7/7/2008

July 18, 2008 at 11:18 pm

Have you ever looked at this web site?

What you’re doing here was envisione back in 1992.  Dust it off and look at it.  It has some great insights.


For Business:  Mine the ocean floor, Launch Satellites into GEO orbit from the equator.

For Power:  Use OTEC, and / or wind.  Wind probably wouldn’t work on the equator.  No trade winds.  But no big waves either.

Platforms:  Use floating concrete.

Food:  Hydroponics/Aquaponics

Waste: Burn it for energy (doww wind please)

Water:  Can show you OTEC plant that produces 10 mil gal / day by product.  Plus 350MW energy.  Cost Free. 

Defense: Align ourselves with major corporate partners who want to: A) Mine the Ocean Floor, B) Launch Vehicles to space into GEO orbit.  Aliance with NSS would be a good idea.  They need a launch platform to get their space colonies going.

Wayne Gramlich
July 18, 2008 at 11:51 pm

Yes, we are familiar with Patrick’s work. He is reference in “the book” .

Buckminster Fuller’s Triton work predates most work in the field.

Mining the ocean floor is hard. A seastead is not a necessary prerequisite for doing such mining. If it is economically feasible, people would already be doing it.

Satellites are already launched into GEO from the equator. ArianeSpace does it from French Guinea, and SeaLaunch does it from a specialized launch platform. Both are commercially successful and do not require a seastead.

OTEC is very expensive and it does not scale down to smaller scales. Some combination of Photovotaic, Wind, Wave, and Reverse Osmosis is probably cheaper.

These forums are the place to have all of these discussions.

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