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The Moon was and continues to be a prime military objective as a military base.
originally posted by: LABTECH767
a reply to: Navarro
I have not thought about that though I have speculated on how an object can degrade on the lunar surface by being impacted by material from space and ejecta from crater formation as well as hard radiation and thermal variance though that was on something I believe and not something proven.
I suppose the sheer size of the area a solar sail would cover would mean that the majority of impact's would merely pass through it leaving small hole's and it would remain still viable over a fair amount of time though if it hit a particularly dense space dust mass or cometry debris tail then that would likely degrade the sail very rapidly, asymmetric decay would also pose the risk of sending the sail into a spin or at least off course from it's intended trajectory.
The thin material is the problem as well, OK it does have it's advantages in that impact energy would likely cause minimul overall damage like a bullet passing through a sheet of cotton leaving only a small hole and perhaps some self healing material's or nano technology could be developed where the sail also processed the light to provide solar energy and then used that energy to power these nano structure's but of course this is merely hypothetical and I am grasping at straw's there, also the cold would likely prohibit any nano particle technology we could produce in earth condition's from functioning correctly out there.
Still some of the new technology's which are being investigated look set to make the like's of solar sail's purely speculative idea's, then again pursuing the solar sail technology may have some benefit's such as development of new ultra light, strong and self healing fabrics with solar voltaic property's which would make new satellites far lighter and cheaper since a great deal of there wieght is traditionally found in there solar array's so though I personally no longer believe it the most viable option for deep space (I may be and probably am wrong) it is still an area of great research potential.
originally posted by: Saint Exupery
a reply to: Navarro
Navarro, you're asking absolutely terrific questions. The level of thought you've put into this thread is inspiring.
A great many of you questions have been studied, and preliminary answers and estimates are available in the book Return to the Moon by Dr. Harrison Schmitt. He was the geologist who spent three days on the Moon during the Apollo 17 mission.
His book addresses so many of your questions I cannot list them all here, but they include:
- Physics of 3He fusion and why it preferable to deuterium fusion
- Estimates of fuel requirements for an 3He reactor of a given power output
- Technology required to launch heavy equipment to the Moon (a heavy booster he whimsically calls the Saturn VI)
- Estimated 3He abundance in the lunar regolith
- Mining requirements (what area excavated, to what depth to provide a 1-year supply of 3He for a reactor)
- Techniques and equipment that could be used for excavation
- Life support concerns for bases
- Problems with soil abrasiveness.
- Economics of operating lunar mines and selling 3He
...and much more.
The book is a bit dry and technical, but I have no doubt that you will find it fascinating. I really cannot recommend it more highly to you (or Phage, for that matter).
Hope this helps.
Good point's but it is still a feasable site, especially with optical camouflage as well as radio camoflauge stealth technology's becoming ever more highly developed, by the time the missiles became detectable they would probably already be in the atmosphere so there launch site would be obscurred and the base if hidden or on the far side of the moon would be far more secure than an earth based launch site