The 100-Year Starship? A Cover-up?

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Dr. Joseph P. Farrell Ph.D.
April 25, 2017

Mr. M.D. spotted this one, and I have to admit, I’m intrigued, not the least because it is not me suggesting space-cover-ups of an epic scale this time, but Faux News itself. And this one raises so many questions and high octane speculations I simply have to blog about it.

First, a little context: I’m of that generation old enough to remember the beginning of the “space race” and its context in the Cold War of the 1960s and 1970s. Russia launched its now famous Sputnik satellite in 1957, the year I was born. It was the beginning of a new era, for the little satellite was the first man-made object to be placed permanently in space. (The first man-made objects in lower outer space, believe it or not, were the projectiles from the giant German Paris Gun that shelled Paris from 70 miles away in 1918). I remember President Eisenhower’s “military industrial complex” warning speech when he left office; I remember President Kennedy’ speech calling for a manned lunar landing and safe return of humans before the decade was out. Most importantly, however, I remember the hype we were served up in school, on at least a weekly, if not daily, basis: according to our Weekly Readers, we were on the verge of a whole new era of space exploration; lunar landings today, lunar colonies tomorrow, Mars exploration and colonies before the century was out.

Accompanying all this hype were the “artists’ renderings” of what all of this was supposed to look like.

And it would all be accomplished by chemical rockets… and I remember the embarrassment of many teachers as the more precocious among us pointed out the difficulties of doing all these splendid things with chemical rockets.

With that in mind, now the article:

Is NASA Covering Up the 100-Year Starship?

Now, permit me to pass directly to my high octane speculation of the day, for what is interesting here is the whole implicit assumption hovering in the background here, that assumption being that were going to colonize planets, or for that matter(to turn to the other favorite meme) mine asteroids, with chemical rockets. The rub is, by that method, manned missions to Mars are probably a one way trip:

The 100-year ship would leave Earth with the intention of colonizing a planet, but it would likely be a one-way trip because of the time it takes to travel 35 million miles. That’s a daunting prospect, partly because of the ethical dilemma, and partly because it may be the only recourse.

“The human space program is now really aimed at settling other worlds,” Worden said during his talk. “Twenty years ago you whispered that in dark bars and got fired.” (Worden actually was fired, he confessed during the talk, under the Bush administration.)

Since that revelation, hundreds of news reports about the program have theorized that the substantial budget indicates the Hundred Year Starship is a dramatic shift for the stalled space program, not just a research project; others suggest it is a serious attempt to find a way to Mars. And NASA? The space agency seems to be dodging all questions.

The main issue has to do with a basic physics conundrum. In order to travel the great distance to Mars (about 35 million miles), a starship would need a tremendous amount of fuel. Yet fuel adds more weight — in fact, every pound you add to a ship requires 4 pounds of fuel. The more fuel you add, the more you need simply to move the ship’s bulk, making it impossible to go one-way to Mars, much less roundtrip.

In other words, someone at NASA has stated the obvious, which has raised the whole point of Faux’ News’ article: is something being covered up?

Perhaps, but the question is, what is being covered up? The article suggests only one possibility, namely, that the cover-up extends to the “one-way” nature of any Mars manned missions. But that cover-up is always with the implicit hidden assumption: the only way of getting there from here is via chemical rockets. But what if that “what” is something much bigger? A technology that could get us “there and back” again, without the same constraints on time, fuel consumption, and so on? Indeed, Mr. M.D. accompanied his article with another “find”, this time of a sixty-plus page NASA-sponsored study of using zero-point fields to create a very different form of propulsion, one which the authors of the paper, Bernhard Haisch and Alfonso Rueda, put this way: “The purpose of this paper is to discuss a new physics concept that no longer falls in the category of ‘purely hypothetical,’ but rather has a theoretical foundation and is relevant to radically new propulsion schemes: the zero-point field (ZPF) as the basis of inertia and gravitation.”(p. 55)  Of course, to readers of this website, NASA’s study of various advanced propulsion schemes, is not a new thing.

Indeed, those studies have arisen precisely because of the recognition that chemical rockets are quite simply impractical as a means to the permanent human presence in deep space, be it for colonization or commercial activities (such as asteroid mining). It was, indeed, the impracticality of rocketry in general – whether in the fantasias of Oberth, Tsiolkovsky, or von Braun – as a basis for these activities that led German physicist Burkhart Heim to propose radically different physical theories in the first place. NASA’s advanced propulsion studies are simply an extension of the principle, but in that extension, there is a backhanded admission: “rockets won’t do the job, folks.”

So is the Faux News article really about a cover-up? Or is it about something much subtler, is it about an admission? I would argue that it is about the admission: about driving into the public eye what most already know: rocketry, whether the launch-and-return capabilities of Elon Musk, or the new hype about manned missions to the Moon and Mars, is not up to the job. Something else is needed, and all the indications publicly are that NASA is exploring those possibilities. The question is, do those possibilities actually represent a nascent capability? As readers of this website are aware, I’ve suspected for some time that the capability is there.

It’s why I’ve long suspected that, behind the current hype of asteroid mining, the actual creation of laws to deal with mining of celestial bodies, and the current drive to colonize the Moon, that there is a real technology – though currently hidden – driving the memes. What’s interesting now is that Faux News, by running such a story, may have caught the scent, for by suggesting cover-up, it is also suggesting conspiracy. Whether it will do its journalistic duty and pull on that thread and deal with all the implications it poses, remains to be seen.

But if it does not, sooner or later, someone else will. And that’s when the fun begins.

See you on the flip side…

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About Dr. Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.

Things That Make You Go “Hmmmm…”: NASA And That Ten…

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Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
January 26, 2017

So many people sent me versions of this story that it is definitely one of those things that’s been “in the aether” this past week. And it really does take me back to elementary school, and learning my arithmetical “illions”, you know: million, billion, trillion, quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, and so on. The idea of thinking in terms of amounts of money when connected to all those “illions” however, is something that they avoided (except in Congress when they’re spending everyone else’s money). But speaking of money, and all those “illions,” there may be a story behind this story, but that’s our high octane speculation of the day.

Here’s the story itself, in the UK’s Daily Mail tabloid financial apocalypse version:

Nasa plans to explore a $10,000 quadrillion asteroid that could cause the world’s economy to COLLAPSE

What concerns us here are these paragraphs(and by the way, lamestream media, didn’t your teachers teach you that normally paragraphs should be about three sentences in length?):

Psyche is one of the most mysterious objects in our solar system, and scientists could soon be getting a close-up view thanks to a newly confirmed Nasa mission.

If the asteroid could be transported back to Earth, the iron alone would be worth $10,000 quadrillion (£8,072 quadrillion).

Dr Elkins-Tanton has calculated that the iron in 16 Psyche alone, would be worth $10,000 quadrillion (£8,072 quadrillion).

Assuming the market for asteroid materials is on Earth, this could cause the value of precious metals to plummet, completely devaluing all holdings including those of Governments, and all companies involved in mining, distributing and trading such commodities.

Ultimately, it could lead to the collapse of the entire economy.

$10,000 quadrillion dollars. That’s  $10,000,000,000,000,000,000.00 for those of you writing the check.

Needless to say this has my high octane speculative gears turning in overtime, not the least because what sort of economic and fiscal models exist as precedents for such an influx of commodities from asteroid mining. We’ve certainly seen a spate of articles in previous years about mining celestial bodies, and a number of private space companies have begun on this premise, and the US Congress and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg have passed laws stating that nations and corporations can own what they recover on celestial bodies. Thus, like it or not, sooner or later, celestial mining is coming. The question is, what effect will it have? We have no precedent in human history for such a sudden massive injection of commodities into the global economy. The closest example, perhaps, is the Spanish conquest of central and South America, and the sudden and massive injection of gold and silver bullion into the Spanish, and ultimately the European, economy.  And it was a harsh lesson: the sudden influx of financial wealth devastated Spanish production wealth, as inflation and high prices drove manufacturing out of Spain and into the Spanish Netherlands: the wealth remained concentrated at the top, and with the flight of production, the middle class collapsed. But even then, Spain was a more or less closed economic system. Would the same thing happen to the corporation or nation that accessed such wealth on celestial bodies? Or would it suddenly strike the entire global economy? And what would happen?

We really don’t know. And I am moreover intrigued to notice that with all the space mining talk, there haven’t been that many acknowledgements in the popular press of any studies that have addressed this issue.

But that’s not really even what’s at the center of my high octane speculative cogitations today. What’s really at the center of them is yet another of those “unusual coincidences” that one notices when one connects discrete and apparently completely unrelated dots. In this case, the dots in our pointillistic picture are the quadrillions of dollars worth of derivatives sloshing around on bank ledgers in our “system” of finance, the enormous amount of cash that is also sloshing around in the system as a result of central bank quantitative easing, and, of course, all that “stuff” out there in space just waiting for us to go and get. It has always struck me as extremely odd that while we were watching the financial meltdown of 2007-2008, the bailout hearings, and the massive derivatives fraud (again, in the quadrillions of dollars), that this same time period saw the beginning of all those articles on space mining, asteroid mining, and so on. It was as if all those people who were asking “if there’s seventeen quadrillion dollars of derivatives out there, which is several times the entire GDP of planet Earth, how are we possibly going to pay for it?” In other words, people were noticing the books simply didn’t balance at all.

Well, I’ve been maintaining for a long time the possibility that space was long ago secretly “collaterallized”, and that all that paper liquidity might not, in fact, be mere paper liquidity at all, but actually “backed” by something, like, the asteroid belt. In that admittedly high octane speculative financial universe (pun intended: think the South Sea Bubble here, only replace the Caribbean with outer space), the books might balance after all. One loan asteroid can balance out all those derivatives, and then some.

So I noticed, with some interest, not only the Goldman Sachs influx into the new Trump administration, but also noted he made space a priority in his inauguration address.

I don’t know about you, but all these things make me go “Hmmmm…”

See you on the flip side…

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About Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.

Project RAMA: Turning Asteroids Into Spaceships

PROJECT RAMA: TURNING ASTEROIDS INTO SPACESHIPS
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Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
June 24, 2016

I couldn’t resist this story, even though this week has been largely taken up with geopolitical news. It was shared by Ms. M.W. and it’s an example of the ssort of dreaming that is now taking place for the commercialization of space:

Plan to Turn Asteroids Into Spaceships Could Spur Off-Earth Mining

Note first of all that this is a serious plan being funded by a NASA grant:

A few decades from now, asteroids may be flying themselves to mining outposts in space, nobly sacrificing their abundant resources to help open the final frontier to humanity.

That’s the vision of California-based company Made In Space, which was recently awarded NASA funding to investigate how to turn asteroids into giant, autonomous spacecraft.

The project, known as RAMA (Reconstituting Asteroids into Mechanical Automata), is part of Made In Space’s long-term plan to enable space colonization by helping make off-Earth manufacturing efficient and economically viable. [How Asteroid Mining Could Work (Infographic)]

Arthur C. Clark fans will at least appreciate the reference to his RAMA series of science fiction novels. But now note what the project supposedly involves:

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Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.

US House To NASA – Start Planning Manned Lunar Missions

U.S. HOUSE TO NASA: START PLANNING MANNED LUNAR MISSIONS
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Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
June 2, 2016

It has been a strange two weeks for space news, and the steady trickle keeps coming!  There’s been an interesting development, for example, in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to this article shared by Ms. K.F.:

Forget the asteroid mission and go to the Moon, lawmakers tell NASA

Since a space policy speech in 2010 by President Obama, the space agency has been following a loosely defined plan to first send astronauts to visit a fragment of an asteroid near the Moon and then conduct other operations in the vicinity of the Moon before striking off for Mars some time in the 2030s. However a number of independent reports, such as the National Research Council’s Pathways to Exploration, have questioned the viability and sustainability of a direct-to-Mars plan. That panel called for NASA and the White House to reconsider the Moon as an interim destination.

In the new House budget, which provides funding for fiscal year 2017, the committee recognizes there are some useful components of the asteroid mission. These include propulsion research and asteroid deflection, but committee members found that “neither a robotic nor a crewed mission to an asteroid appreciably contribute to the overarching mission to Mars.” The costs of such a mission are also unknown, the committee wrote.

“Toward that end, no funds are included in this bill for NASA to continue planning efforts to conduct either robotic or crewed missions to an asteroid,” the bill states. “Instead, NASA is encouraged to develop plans to return to the Moon to test capabilities that will be needed for Mars, including habitation modules, lunar prospecting, and landing and ascent vehicles.”

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Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.

Luxembourg, Asteroid Mining & An Emerging Pattern?

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Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
February 9, 2016

This one fascinated me because it contains so much fertile ground for some really high octane speculation about a possible pattern that might be revealing itself(and I want to thank Mr. M.H. and many others for bringing this significant story to my attention)

Luxembourg Aims to Jump-Start Asteroid Mining

For me, the hints of a possible “future pattern” for space commercialization are to be found in the first five paragraphs:

The Luxembourg government on Feb. 3 announced it would seek to jump-start an industrial sector to mine asteroid resources in space by creating regulatory and financial incentives.

The incentives include co-investment in research and development and, eventually, direct capital investment in space resource-mining companies setting up shop in Luxembourg.

Announced by Vice Prime Minister Etienne Schneider, who is also the nation’s economics minister, the initiative has already lured U.S.-based Deep Space Industries of Mountain View, California, to create a Luxembourg subsidiary. Schneider said other U.S. companies, including SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, and Planetary Resources of Redmond, Washington, are in talks with Luxembourg authorities regarding the Spaceresources.lu venture.

Luxembourg is home to satellite fleet operator SES, whose ascension from outsider-startup status in the 1980s to today’s place as one of the two largest commercial fleet operators by revenue Schneider cited an example of what is possible when Luxembourg sets its mind to something.

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