Affordable, Rapid Bootstrapping of the Space Industry and Solar System Civilization

  title={Affordable, Rapid Bootstrapping of the Space Industry and Solar System Civilization},
  author={Philip T. Metzger and Anthony C. Muscatello and Robert P. Mueller and James G. Mantovani},
  journal={Journal of Aerospace Engineering},
AbstractAdvances in robotics and additive manufacturing have become game-changing for the prospects of space industry. It has become feasible to bootstrap a self-sustaining, self-expanding industry at reasonably low cost. Simple modeling was developed to identify the main parameters of successful bootstrapping. This indicates that bootstrapping can be achieved with as little as 12 t landed on the Moon during a period of about 20 years. The equipment will be teleoperated and then transitioned to… 
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