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Originally posted by cmdrkeenkid
A neat idea, but one major hole... What about the majority of the year when the planets are not lined up?
Also, how would these stations be resupplied? Would the passing through ships carry the supplies?
Well they'd be resupplied with the things they could'nt produce by
special automated supply ships that would make a monthly run.
They'd have hydroponics systems to grow the food supplies, so they
would'nt generally have to be resupplied with food.
Some c/would be on asteroids, so they in theory could produce the
metals and things needed for repair, but the only thing they'd need
real resupplying for would be fuel stocks, required elements and
replacement parts and systems.
That would mean a lot of supply probes. Once you factor in travel times and orbits and so on, you'd probably have several heading to meet any one station at any given time - All in different orbits or at different velocities so they arrive as scheduled on a monthly basis
That would somewhat solve problems with vegetables and grains, more or less... But what about meats?
The main problem with relying on hydroponics is that, on average, for a healthy lifestyle, a person would need a lot of food grown to sustain them, even for a month. So, you would need small crews on these stations or lots of hydroponics stations. Well, either way you would need lots of hydroponics stations, really.
Now, back to the issue of the space stations in general... Why would
people en route to Mars/Earth want to stop? Stopping in space to meet up with a space station would mean using a lot of fuel. Restarting the trek to Mars/Earth would require even more... So, you're looking at either having large reserves of fuel kept at these stations or onboard the craft to and from Mars/Earth themselves.
Originally posted by one_small_step
hey iori, what time frames are you putting on the above post?!?!?!
Also if the membrane had a level of magnification do you think that would stimulate flora growth???!?!
Some cool and far out ideas are coming out here, its all good.
Originally posted by Heckman
Since the planet is now closer to its sun, it is experiencing a greater gravitational pull toward it. Thus, it needs a greater velocity to overcome this force. How do we speed up the planet so that it doesnt eventually fall into the star?
Since the planet is moving in orbit around its Sun , assuming that the wormhole could be used multiple times one could aim the wormhole in such a way that the planet exits the wormhole heading directly for its Sun.. In which the Sun's gravitation would pull the planet toward it speeding up the planets velocity.
Before the planet gets to close to the sun and or when the planet reaches the desired velocity, the wormhole could be used again this time aimed so the planet exits in the desired orbit around its sun with its now higher velocity.
[edit on 31-8-2006 by Heckman]