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Time

 

  • Programs
  • Missions
  • Process
  • Projects
  • Practices
  • Actions
  • Life-cycles

 

 

Space describes the external habitats of colonization. Time describes the order and duration of the steps needed to bring this process about.

 


 

Plan

 

 

Develop a hypothetical pathway to the development of the first colony.

 

The plan is possibly the hardest part: The creation of colony-0. colony-0 has all the basic structures necessary to run a fully functioning colony. Being land based, it lowers the technological requirements a bit. However, it will be based on a blueprint and have the necessary industrial aparatus to create another colony based on that blueprint. It will also have the engineering aparatus needed to research and develop modifications to the blue print to produce different colonies. This allows the colony to adapt to living on water, for instance. It will also be able to support a basic ecosystem, a society, lifestyles, and technological development.

 

The plan to be described here is purely hypothetical and will be subject to continual revision. The goal is to start as simply as possible and build up revenue, resources, technologies, industries, and population until the colony is complete.

 

(philosophy, science fiction, software, multimedia, research, development, manufacturing, construction, etc.)

 

Process

 

 

Develop a stepwise process for development, production, and maintainence of the colony.

 

(blueprint, research, modification, requirement, planning, specification, design, model, code, data, documentation, testing, review, training)

 

Lifecycle

 

 

Develop a planned lifecycle for a colony to pass through from conception to reproduction to conclusion.

 

(speculation, research, development, production, maintainence, reproduction, reduction)

 

Evolution

 

 

Develop a set of evolutionary milestones that lead from the first colony to interstellar colonization.

 

This part of the timeline is embodied by 'The Millennial Project' created by Marshall Savage. Eric Hunting has updated these with his emails detailing what he calls My Millennial Project. However, instead of distinct stages, I imagine these being major limbs of an evolutionary tree. Each of these limbs allow a new type of territory to be inhabited. The following paragraphs corelates each habitat described in space with a millennial project stage.

 

  1. land (Foundation) - First, we are a land species, so our evolutionary journey begins here. We develop colony-0 as a land based colony with all basic anatomical and physiological needs intact.
  2. sea (Aquarius) - The first major branch is the creation of a colony at sea. This is the first major adaptation which requires rethinking of access to resources, land use, and building infrastructures, etc. Additions to the sea colony population would build a network of colonies that mimic the network of cities on land.
  3. air (Bifrost) - Another major leap is to create pathways to space, this may use rocketry, scram jets, floating LTA ports, and/or space elevators.
  4. orbit (Asgard) - Establishing a colony in geosynchronous orbit would give easy access to the rest of the Solar System. It could also provide the anchor end point for a space elevator. The other end would be a sea colony.
  5. moon (Avallon) - Domes, caves, tunnels, and burrows would form a network of colonies on the moon that reflects the network of cities/colonies on Earth. The insides of domes, caves, and large evacuated tunnels can be terraformed into Earthlike environments. At this point we will reach the point of a Type I civilization in the utilization of the resources of an entire planetary system.
  6. planet (Elysium) - The Mars system would be colonized in the same way as the Earth and Moon. One exception would be that the colonies would be allowed to exhale greenhouse gasses for the eventual terraforming of the entire planet. Microbes, algae, lichens, and eventually higher organisms could be released into the wild as Mars approaches and Earthlike climate. The colonies and the external wild life will form a new ecological system as the species coevolve and transform the environment.
  7. stars (Solaria) - Everything accomplished with Earth and Mars can be reapplied to all the planets, moons, asteroids, and comets in the Solar System. This will result in the colonization of the system and growth of a Type II civilization with the utilization of the resources of an entire star system.
  8. galaxy (Galactia) - The spread across the Solar System will provide the blueprint for the colonization of other star systems. Once a colony arrives with the knowledge of colonizing stars and planets, it can reproduce and spread throughout a star system. Once it has spread to the point that it has the resources to launch an interstellar colony, life will be transmitted to further stars. Once this spread has reached the edges of the galaxy, we will have achieved a Type III or galactic civilization.

 

Each of these points will have to be refined and formalized into measurable objectives for the schedule.

 

Schedule

 

 

Develop a schedule that overlays the process, lifecycles, and evolutionary milestones needed to promote continued colonization.

 

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