posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 06:33 AM
Between the space elevator, tourism and exploration, the next century will be known as the orbtal century. The first space hotel will be in orbit by
2017, and the earth will be encircled by a geostaionary girdle connecting to Five massve pillars anchored on the land/sea worldwide by 2077. Each
pillar will be 1/4 of a mile in diameter and will contain enough living area for the population of hong kong, new york, london and beijing combined.
Think of the Tokyo Sky city project as a massive tower reaching space. The girdle will be 5 miles wide and 1 mile high, the outwardfacing side wll be
covered with solar cells which will satisfy all of the earths energy needs. The surface of the planet itself will resemble a giant garden in that 98%
of all humans will live in either the towers or the girdle and all land will be either nature preserve or farm. The whole process will be built and
maintained robotically, in fact all manufacturing and constucton will be handled by machines which reqire only yearly human input. Goods will be
manufactured and shipped automaticlly based on computer commands. Massve ferry shps 10 miles long 10 miles high and 10 mles deep which run an
automated circuit of the solar system will allow anyone and anything to travel on a solar cruise in 6 years, By building 50 of these behemoths the
supply of materials , goods and technology will be unhindered. local launch ponts will use rockets to speed cargo up to capture speed as the ferreis
Citizens will be sponsored by corporations to explore asteroids, comets, moons and other celestial bodies for resources .
At least thats how I see it. The amazing thing is that while the initial investment would be large, after the first space elevator is built the
investment become progressivly smaller, while the profit potiential increases at an exponetial rate. The right government investment in the right
technologies could create withtin the next 10-20 the single greatest, economic and technological boom in history, the advances in tech from 1899-1999
will seem lke a small step indeed.