Space Colonies and Energy Supply to the Earth

  title={Space Colonies and Energy Supply to the Earth},
  author={G. O'neill},
  pages={943 - 947}
  • G. O'neill
  • Published 1975
  • Environmental Science
  • Science
It is pointed out that a space manufacturing facility may be economically more effective than alternative industries on the earth for the construction of products which are to be used in geosynchronous or higher orbits. The suggestion is made to construct solar power stations at a space colony and relocate them in geosynchronous orbit to supply energy to the earth. Attention is given to energy problems and approaches for solving them, taking into account environmental effects and economic… Expand
Space Manufacturing, Satellite Power and Human Exploration
AbstractSatellite power stations manufactured from non terrestrial materials may alleviate the global energy crisis as early as the 1990s. Costs may be competitive with coal and nuclear power andExpand
The concept of global space system for supplying the earth with the electric power using the lunar resource
The concept of global space system for supplying the Earth with electric power using lunar resources is presented. The places of assembly and arrangement are the stable Lagrangian libration pointsExpand
Construction of Satellite Solar Power Stations from Nonterrestrial Materials
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Systems analysis of a potential space manufacturing facility
Results of a preliminary design study of the system elements comprising a manufacturing facility in earth orbit are presented. The elements discussed include cis-Lunar transportation, Lunar base,Expand
Facility location for an extraterrestrial production/distribution system
This paper extends traditional production/distribution system analysis to address raw material, factories, and markets located beyond Earth. It explains the eventual advantages of such operations andExpand
Lunar System to Supply Solar Electric Power to Earth
  • D. Criswell, R. Waldron
  • Engineering
  • Proceedings of the 25th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference
  • 1990
The capacity of global electric power systems must be increased tenfold by the year 2050 to meet the energy needs of the 10 billion people assumed to populate the Earth by then. Few studies directlyExpand
The initial lunar supply base
The first lunar supply base should have a mass less than 1000 tons, be deployed by 24 persons in 4 months, and be maintained by 10 persons. Output could be expanded 20 times in 5 years to 600,000Expand
Energy Analysis of the Solar Power Satellite
The energy requirements to build and operate the proposed Solar Power Satellite are evaluated and compared with the energy it produces, significantly below the energy ratio of today's electricity technologies such as light-water nuclear or coal-fired electric plants. Expand
Asteroidal resources for space manufacturing
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Dreams about Humanity emigrating into space are as old as science fiction. Concepts of permanently occupied and self-sufficient extraterrestrial outposts, bases, habitats, and colonies for settlingExpand


A Lagrangian community?
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The technology and application of free-space power transmission by microwave beam
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Technology forecasting: Energy's hazy future: The power forecasting game, played so avidly by so many in 1970, is now a cautious exercise with fewer, more expert participants
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The colonization of space
New ideas are controversial when they challenge orthodoxy, but orthodoxy changes with time, often surprisingly fast. It is orthodox, for example, to believe that Earth is the only practical habitatExpand
The Lunar Rocks
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Space Shuttle Payloads, Hearing Before the Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences, U.S. Senate, 93rd Congress, 1st Session, on Candidate Missions for the Space Shuttle
  • (Government Printing Office,
  • 1973
AIAA paper 75-640, presented at the AIAA/AAS (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics/American Astronomical Society
  • Conference on Solar Energy for Earth,
  • 1975
Brantley, presentation at NASA Headquarters
  • Washington, D.C.,
  • 1975
Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Space Science and Applications, Committee on Science and Technology, U.S
  • Future Space Programs
  • 1975
billion; recurring, $220/kgsy
  • Princeton University Conference on Space Manufacturing Facilities,
  • 1975