Mining outpost

Colonization of asteroids would require space habitats. The asteroid belt has significant overall material available, the largest object being Ceres, although it is thinly distributed as it covers a vast region of space. Unmanned supply craft should be practical with little technological advance, even crossing 500 million kilometers of space. The colonists would have a strong interest in assuring their asteroid did not hit Earth or any other body of significant mass, but would have extreme difficulty in moving an asteroid of any size. The orbits of the Earth and most asteroids are very distant from each other in terms of delta-v and the asteroidal bodies have enormous momentum. Rockets or mass drivers can perhaps be installed on asteroids to direct their path into a safe course.
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Watney
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Mining outpost

Post by Watney » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:50 am

After the lunar colonies are up and running, necessary technologies have been validated and have become commonplace. You would set up a mining colony on an asteroid, hand the day to day operations over to a mining company (with a nice percentage going to you). Using the same 3D technology for the habitats that was used on the moon, you end up with a mining colony all set up on an asteroid. Just add miners.
These are simple units. Large enough to house the miners plus providing an infirmary, hydroponics, recreational facilities, storage facilities.
Now that you've built one, you now have a blueprint for building more. Again, handing the day to day crap off to someone else so we can concentrate on Mars!

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