Cover design courtesy of Michael Wrigley.

Welcome to "The Space Trade"

Arrives in early November 2014.

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Table of Contents: "The Space Trade"

Summary Table of Contents

Preliminary Matters xi

A Note about Titles and This Title xi

Dedication xiii

Acknowledgements xv

Chapter 1 Space Trade Overview

Why This Book at This Time

Business on the High Seas of Old

The Structure is the Profit Center

A Walk in the Orbiting Business Park

The Profitable Business System

Chapter 2 The Three Major Principals

The Structure is the Village

The Structure Provides Basic Space Station Gravity

Business Reason Underlies Structural Design:

Divide Costs, Divide Risks, Protect Profits

The First Principal: The Spinship Owner

The Second Principal: The Habitat Owner

The Third Principal: The Habitat Occupant

Division of Risk Supports Profitability

Limitless Revenues from Space Real Estate Development

How Revenues Are Limitless

Continual Growth: The Self Sufficient Marketplace

Chapter 3 Space Real Estate Developer

Path A: Least Investment, Early but Smaller Revenue and Profits

Path B: Habitats Vital to Self-sufficient Orbital Real Estate

Path C: Complete Space Trade Hegemony

Chapter 4 Habitat Builders and Owners

The Habitat Owner or Leasing Company

The Job of the Habitat Builder

Berthing the Larger Habitat

Chapter 5 Space Habitat Tenants

Habitat Users: A Multitude of Diverse Occupations

Profitable Sectors in Orbit

1. Tourism

2. Products

3. Unique Manufacturing

Energy Environment

4. Computing

5. Low Cost Flexible Delivery

6. Beaming Power to Earth

7. Local Markets

8. Farms in Space

9. Mining Made Simpler

10. Green the Earth

11. Mom and Pop Businesses

12. Other Businesses and Benefits

Chapter 6 Autonomous Miners - Riches from Asteroids

The Space Trade Begins

The First Asteroid Mine

The Ideal Return

1. Traditional re-entry vehicle, Apollo style

2. Re-entry retro engine

3. Delivery by ascender wing

4. Space-built cone decelerator

5. Return by conversion to metallic foam

Conveyor Belt Supply of Material

Current Asteroid Adventures

Identify Many Asteroids, Mine the Best

Mine First the Moon or the Asteroids

Chapter 7 Space Traders: Ferryboats in Orbit

The Space Trader Ferry Craft

Passage Out of Earth

Supply and Construction of the Spinship Real Estate

From the Passenger Point of View

Ferry Craft Fuel Efficiency

The Mature Ferry System

Chapter 8 Orbits: How Vessels Move in Space

Delivery to Earth

1. Traditional Re-entry Vehicle: Apollo Style

2. Re-entry by Retro Engine

3. Inflatable Drag Devices

4. Space-built Cone Decelerator

5. Foamed Metal

Getting to Orbit

Chapter 9 Low Cost Access to Orbit

Access to Orbit: Cheap and Cheaper

A Flood of Competitors

The Low Cost Method of JP Aerospace

How to Achieve Low Cost to and from Orbit

Chapter 10 The Space Beast: Turn it Around

Duties Associated with Ownership

Spinship Operator Duties



Electrical Power Grid and Protected Habitat

Air and Water

The Duty of Maintenance

Habitat Owner Duties

Habitat Occupant Duties

Choice of Law


Chapter 11.1 How to Develop Space Real Estate - Overview

Chapter 11.2 How to Develop Space Real Estate – Step-by-Step

Real Estate Route 01: Step-by-Step

Route 01. Step 01: Mine Asteroids

Twelve Small Steps: A Mines and Smelters Project

1. Choose a C-class (carbonaceous, chondrite-like) asteroid

2. Start with a small, but powerful rocket

3. To go spacefaring, launch an off-the-shelf cubesat type ion engine

4. Buy or build a lightweight nav and com system

5. Design-build small excavator, smelter and capture device

6. Launch rockets, ion engines and gear to earth orbit

7. Power an ion engine by sunlight, and fly to an asteroid

8. Sample, smelt and bag the mined material

9. Return to earth orbit with $45 million of water or platinum

10. In earth orbit, attach ore to a skyfloat device

11. Fly the ore to a buyer on earth

12. Go to the bank, launch more and return more

Route 01. Step 2: Step by step build orbital real estate

Route 01. Step 2. A: Build a Small Circular Framework

Route 01. Step 2. B: Allow slotting of resort and other habitats

Route 01. Step 2. C: Further Expand the Real Estate

Real Estate Route 02: The Direct Approach

Start with a Large Investment

Real Estate Route 03: The Other Direct Approach: Plan Smaller Wheels

Start with a Moderate Investment

Real Estate Route 04: In the Company of the Medium Big

Real Estate Route 05: Waiting for Sugar Daddy, or Starting Late

Chapter 11.3 How to Develop Space Habitats – Step-by-Step

Habitat Route 01: Build Space Real Estate on Earth

The Earth-based All Recycling House

Up the All Recycling Ante

Space Preparation Equals Earth-based Profits

Design and Building Standards

The Airlock: How Habitats Are Connected

The Shape and Size of a Spinship Habitat

What Kind of Habitats are First?

Habitat Route 02: Build Space Real Estate in Orbit

Step 01

Step 02

Step 03

Step 04

Step 05

Chapter 11.4 Develop Space Farms & Businesses - Step-by-Step

Step 1: Autonomous Development

Step 2: Technicians and Farmers

Step 3: Attracting a Community of Workers

Chapter 12.1 How Space Development Saves Earth

Saving the Earth from Pollution, the Greenhouse Effect, Asteroids and Comets

1. Earth life will never be perfect.

2. We can save the earth from pollution and the greenhouse effect now.

3. Space development and natural bodies whizzing through space at us.

4. We are unable to predict all the consequences of permanent space habitation.

5. What about objects falling from orbit? Don’t we have enough debris up there already?

6. We are afraid of doing things that are out of the ordinary.

7. Saving the earth. There are a number of ways that space development saves the earth.

Steering Comets and Asteroids

New Devices and Other Spinoffs

Improved Traditional and Innovative Agriculture

Pollution Reduction

Power the Individual with the All Recycling House

Earth Watch, Earth Talk

Sun Block

Carbon Dioxide Heating

Sun Block Protection from Solar Flares

8. Earthlings in the Void: Mother Earth Renewed

9. Space Pollution and the Solar Wind: The Great Recycler

Chapter 12.2 Timeline

1. The First Age of Space: Government Hegemony

2. The Second Age of Space: Budding Flowers of Adventure with the Private Sector

3. The Third Age of Space: Local Dispersal

4. The Fourth Age of Space: The Great Dispersal Beyond 2090

5. The Fifth Age of Space: Spacekind

6. The Sixth Age of Space: Metakind


About the Author


Chapter 1 Endnote

Chapter 2 No Endnotes

Chapter 3 Endnotes

Chapter 4 No Endnotes

Chapter 5 Endnotes

Chapter 6 Endnotes

Chapter 7 Endnotes

Chapter 8 Endnotes

Chapter 9 Endnotes

Chapter 10 Endnote

Chapter 11 Endnotes

Chapter 12 Endnotes

Book Review: Fiction

Five strange short stories.

Opens Bloom book description page

In the Garden of Mistress Bloom by Cle' Curbo

Cover design courtesy of Michael Wrigley.

This is Cle' Curbo's first collection of short stories. The stories have been described as whimsical and surreal. The first story begins in a garden on the other side of the galaxy, where a strange artichoke-like plant has an intimate connection to mother earth. The tale is filled with odd but practical creatures of the Garden. It's a story of intrigue as well, for the Garden, while pleasant enough to tour, is connected to a force too powerful to be considered good.

The second story, "The 19th Frustration," opens with a job seeking, unlikely hero who must deal with alien cultures in a changing landscape of time and dimension.

The third and fourth stories are clearly fun sci-fi, while the fifth story is a serious wonk into a troubled but determined mind.

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