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Shipyard 1 Diagram: This construction platform integrates a large scalable 3D printer system, enabling construction of cutting edge in-orbit, which could one day lead to thousands of people living in space as a result of the enormous lightweight pressurized volumes that could be eventually produced utilizing returned asteroid materials from a vibrant asteroid mining industry. Products fabricated include cubesats, paneling, trusses, telescope arrays, vessel furniture and domicile products, and more. Perhaps the most important capability, the production of lightweight paneling and shielding, which can be transformed into large open volumes for LEO colonization, will drive demand for asteroid returned resource materials in the 21st century.
Introducing the latest rendering concept diagram. All Rights Reserved. 2015. (c)(TM).
Orbital Shipyard 1: This LEO platform can provide manufacturing, repair, asteroid defense, satellite refueling, and international rescue capabilities. Illustrated here is the inspace manufacturing complex module combined with the Command and Control module, serving as a commercial cubesat orbital manufacturing plant that will require asteroid mining contract services for supply of post-processed asteroid material.
Introducing the latest renderings, which illustrate the Space WorkBench orbital shipyard development architecture. All Rights Reserved. 2015. (c)(TM).
Space Dock 1: The primary construction and deployment platform for the in-space cubesat manufacturing and deployment shipyard. Illustrated here is an inspace manufacturing complex module. This supplies critical components and refuels utilizing asteroid materials, most especially large quantities of resources for high impulse propulsion.
Introducing the latest renderings, which illustrate the Space WorkBench concept. All Rights Reserved. 2015. (c)(TM).
Shipyard 1: This construction platform integrates a kinetic launch capability, which can preciously propel satellites onto Mars. This Orbital Shipyard Platform can produce cubesats, paneling, trusses, telescope arrays, vessel furniture and domicile products, and more. Perhaps the most important capability, the production of lightweight paneling and shielding, which can be transformed into large open volumes for LEO colonization, will drive demand for asteroid returned resource materials in the 21st century.
Introducing the latest renderings, which illustrate the Space WorkBench orbital shipyard platform development architecture. All Rights Reserved. 2015. (c)(TM).
Space Workbench Concept. All rights reserved. 2015. (TM)(c)
Illustrated here, is the first envisioned on-orbit 3D printed spacecraft. This design utilizes a planar surface, whereby one side is permanently sun facing, and the other side, dark facing, to maintain required thermal thresholds necessary to the operation of the front and back sides. As described, nearly 90% of the space craft is envisioned to be constructed on-orbit, with the remaining components inserted through a proprietary universal subsystem connection port, which would accept commercial off-the-shelf components delivered and stored on commercial space stations which contain the Space Work Bench advanced manufacturing platform.
A revolution is upon us, with the ability of new advanced electronic ion propulsion systems to permit cubesat architecture to escape the gravity of Earth, the solar system is opened to a new class of business. This represents, in my opinion, the future of the commercial space industry, with inexpensive access to space, and the ability to control the trajectory and mission profile of a deep space cubesat, asteroid mining becomes feasible on a more realistic scale than what would otherwise be required by the larger concepts like the NASA Asteroid Return Mission.
Instead of manufacturing cubesats on the ground, SWB will be assembling them in orbit with microthrusters that can achieve Earth escape enabling a whole new economy for asteroid mining and space exploration. Currently, cubesats are bulky, mostly metal framed squares required to survive launch stress, resulting in less onboard equipment. But, if you do not need to survive launch stress, you can design delicate, incredibly powerful new type of system with optics, processors, sensors, radiators, solar panels, and optimal sun facing and night facing components, completely different than the traditionally considered “cubic” cubesat approach, and instead a work of art, incredibly more capable and powerful than their predecessors.
By scaling the mission using cubesat design aesthetics, companies can decentralize and diversify their fleets of spaceships, which will result in mitigating the inherent risks associated with commercial deep space projects. I believe this will usher society into a new era, where lean-funded commercial space startup companies in the U.S. can inexpensively engage in the capital formation required for support and command a fleet of small robotic asteroid mining spaceships.
In Space Workbench, I have envisioned the optimal and preferred embodiment of this system, creating an end-to-end business plan for terrestrial mining companies, using a proprietary mission architecture which results in the landing and delivery of rare asteroid material containing precious minerals, to Earth, and their industrial recovery and transportation directly to the customers.
This entirely newly created market concept will permit the concept of commodities, and therefore the concept of futures trading to further mitigate risk and promote the incentive for capital formation and capital liquidity in these future markets.
I believe this will also help mitigate the pressing issue of precious metal resource production decline, due to the finite surface resources and increasing costs for exploration and advanced mining techniques.