Improving one's world

Background: This is a time when the results of a massively inertial civilization's momentum is starting to encounter the results of centuries of accumulated "trashing out" of the planetary ecosystem upon which its very life depends, while mankind "parties it up" raking in business profits. So, here is a proposed project which has a chance of meeting this challenge, a project which is potentially big enough to greatly expand civilization while also enabling the restoration of the planetrary ecosystem: KESTS to GEOHR (Kinetic Energy Supported Transportation Structures to a Geostationary Orbit Habitat Ring) (Warning! If you believe your prosperity depends on maintaining the present Status Quo, this website contains material that may be extremely disturbing to you)

Goal: as a personal hobby project, find a way for every person to have the opportunity for access to vast space
resources to provide a new place to thrive.

Result: found a possible way to do it: an electrically powered transportation structure which lifts people and
other payload all the way from ground to space, along an Orbital Transfer Trajectory kinetically supported
elliptical structure to continuously link the Earth surface with GeoStationary Earth Orbit.

Potentials: There, many large-scale space habitat cities could be built to live in, and abundant solar-electric
power then becomes feasable for both space habitat cities and for ground commercial electric power grids.

First, here is an image-mapped sketch of the overall picture:

As a personal project, I have been making a space transportation/colonization project's concept in which the Geostationary Earth Orbit plays a key role, due to its relatively fixed physical position relative to the earth's surface at the equator, a property essential to the success of my proposed project. Use locations in GeoStationary Orbit are limited, and my proposed use of it would initially conflict with others' current and projected uses of it. I say "initially conflict" because the the transportation aspects of the application I propose would actually make GeoStationary Earth Orbit extremely accessable, and the communications relay applications would be absorbed into the new use of GeoStationary Earth Orbit in time.

Contemplate the possibility of, ignoring the atmosphere's effects for the moment, of an Orbital Transfer Trajectory ellipse which grazes the Earth's surface at the equator and grazes GeoStationary Earth Orbit at its high point, (perigee and apogee), and which precesses about the earth synchronous with the sidereal day, with a perimeter of about 131,000 km. This is the conceptual seed of an unusual form of space transportation system's concept, which would deliver electrically-derived kinetically-stored transportation lift energy to vehicles travelling all along its semi-elliptical path between ground and GeoStationary Earth Orbit, thus elliminating the need for vehicles to carry fuel for the trip between ground and GSO, which could greatly transform the commerce between earth surface and immense solar system resources. This earth-rotation-synchronous trajectory initially defines the shape of a transportation structure which would deliver kinetically-stored electromagnetically-coupled lift energy all along its path for payload-carrying vehicles continuously traveling between ground and GSO. Although it (the orbital transfer trajectory) initially defines the shape of the structure, it does not define the velocity of the armature segments which store the energy within the structure, as these armature segments must travel much faster than orbital velocity all along the trajectory so as to both have reserve kinetic energy to deliver to lift the vehicles travelling along the outside of the structure, and also to have the excess velocity which will provide the outward centrifugal force on the underside of the earth-encircling semi-elliptical structure so as to balance out most of the weight of the structure and that of the vehicles travelling along its upper side. Unbalanced contra-rotating armature mass stream velocities, along with unbalanced forces from solar-electric mass stream thrusters placed below GeoStationary Earth Orbit on the structure would hopefully be adequate to ensure the sidereal day rotation of the entire structure. The perimeter of such a somewhat elliptical-shaped transportation structure I estimate to be about 131,000 km seems huge, yet not unthinkable.

This is an electrically powered space transportation system; note that electrically expressed, theoretically only 15.72 kWhr/kg energy is added to move a kg from the equator up into GeoStationary Earth Orbit, that is, at 10 cents per kWhr contemporary electrical energy cost, this is only $1.57 worth of electrical energy per killogram of mass moved from the ground up to GeoStationary Earth Orbit. (my calculations can be found at http://home.earthlink.net/~jedcline/ets.html .)

Such a transportation system opens up GeoStationary Earth Orbit to the emplacement of huge solar-electric powerplants to thereafter provide the earth commercial power grids with abundant clean non-petrochemical-derived electrical energy, and opens up GeoStationary Earth Orbit for the construction of large space habitats starting with such types as designed in the mid-1970's for use at L5. As you can see, these power satellites and large space habitats would initially compete with the existing form of communication satellite's usage, but then would greatly expand upon it, and thereafter greatly alter the form of the industry from its present configuration.

Appearant interference by rival technology businesses

So my second thought here is not a directly technical one. It is more one of possibly rivalrous-attitude technologies in a competitive business-oriented civilization, and even of egos and reputations. My proposed concept could both interfere with present-day type usage of space in GeoStationary Earth Orbit and also with ground-to-space reaction engine based transportation technology business, say for the next 20 years, but thereafter both kinds of businesses would be immensely benefited by my proposed concept. It also would convert the basic space industry to the much less prestigious field of Civil Engineering. Struggling to compose the question to you properly, I come up with this: In your opinion, would present-day influential business interests act to suppress a space project that could be important for the near-and-distant future development of civilization, yet which would obsolete their current short-term business aspirations? In other words, in your opinion, would the majority of intelligent people in the space industry sacrifice the future in exchange for their own short term gain in their struggles to survive?

My involvement

My development of this personal project over these many years has shown that there are an enormous number of ways to do this project wrong ways, resulting in more harm than good done, and thus perhaps if it cannot be done correctly it ought not to be done at all. I believe that my pool of creative thoughts could be invaluable to the long term success of such a project, yet I find only interference by the space industry and by others; possibly they fear a change in the status quo resulting from such a drastic change in the paths of civilization, especially when proposed by someone essentially outside the acknowledged academic esteem circle.

If mankind has sufficient intelligence, wisdom and motivation, Geostationary Earth Orbit conceivably could soon become a major stepping stone for civilization moving into space, and even relieve the stress of civilization on the Earth's ecosystem by becoming a major site for human civilization itself.

References: 1. "Kinetically Strengthened Transportation Structures" by James E. D. Cline (myself), in the proceedings of ASCE's "Space 2000" conference, pp 396-402.

HTML-reconstruction of my 1997 KESTS to GEOHR material for SSI conference

Interested in learning about a daring and very unconventional way how our generation could possibly solve many of the heavy problems facing mankind today, many we ourselves unwittingly created? A possible way to solve current problems like toxic waste spread, global warming, ozone thinning, dwindling raw material resources, increased interest in violence and concurrent reduced interest in loving, destruction of rainforests, and not enough room for new homes and families.

In contrast to the probable result of where these trends go . . . here is an unorthodox suggested solution for solving these problems in a very humane and exciting robust expansive way. Develop a "sliding armature energy-momentum transfer" technology to create an almost unthinkable spacerail transportation structure (see diagram above) which has its immense weight primarily supported by the outward centrifugal force of supra-orbital-velocity armature mass streams travelling in maglev tracks on its underside, elliptically encircling the Earth connecting the ground with GEO, delivering inductively-coupled lift force to payload-carrying vehicles travelling along the structure all the way from ground to orbit, could create a transportation system potentially sufficient to move civilization up into earth-like-interior large space habitats built to infill the Clarke Belt ringing Earth, and hopefully then we will choose to restore the Earth surface's ecosystem for long term robust survival of earthlife, while reaching out to include the vast resources of the solar system into civilization's growth.

Vast new room to build homes and cities as we like them, seven times the sunshine to grow crops, location for abundant space solar electric power, toxic waste recycling and disposal, a springboard to the rest of the solar system's resources! All within reach of the adequate transportation system described herein, all within reach of present-day science and engineering principles, humanity only lacking the wisdom and ways of harmonious co-achievement to do this thing.

Come learn here about this seemingly-incredible potential R&D project, informally proposed herein. Mankind is able, and Mother Earth is surely more than ready for this. Don't let special-interest business groups trick you out of thoroughly checking into this. Give this a chance, while there remains enough resources and people and technology to do it (and while I, almost an old man now (see my photo at bottom of this page), am still around to help you see this thing through.)

On This Website Is A Proposal For A New Kind Of Research And Development Project, Which Has The Potentials Of ...

This R&D project would begin with a simultaneous manifold set of sub-projects:

Do you consider this just "Science Fiction"? OK, here is a start of a Science Fiction story I'm writing about it.

Some day people will ask why it took me so long to get this project going, so here are reasons why.

These home.earthlink.net/~jedcline/ web pages (e-mail to author: jedcline@earthlink.net) primarily have the intention of bringing people's attention to some off-the-beaten-path data and ideas which may have the ability to improve the wellbeing of onself and one's world, now and in the future. The most exciting idea to bring your attention to now is an astonshing idea for reversing the ongoing trend of trashing out our planetary ecosystem (Warning! If you believe your prosperity depends on maintaining the present Status Quo, this website contains material that may be extremely disturbing to you) by starting now to build a new kind of place to live, enabled by developing a "sliding armature energy-momentum transfer" technology to create a new kind of spacerail transportation earth-encircling electric motor structure, which would deliver inductively-coupled lift force to payload-carrying vehicles travelling along the structure all the way from ground up to geostationary orbit, and which has its immense weight primarily supported by the outward centrifugal force of supra-orbital-velocity armature mass streams travelling in airless maglev tracks on its underside, elliptically encircling the Earth along an orbital transfer trajectory path connecting the ground with the geostationary orbit, thus creating a transportation system potentially sufficient to expand civilization up into earth-like-interior large space habitats (home for 10,000 to 1,000,000 people in each habitat) built to infill the Clarke Belt ringing the Earth (room for hundreds of thousands of habitats per ring) , and hopefully then we will choose to restore the Earth surface's ecosystem for long term robust survival of multiply diverse earthlife, while reaching out to include the vast resources of the solar system into civilization's growth

 

Hi! I'm Jim Cline, And I'm Here Offering To Help Guide You In Adequately Doing This Thing! Welcome To My home.earthlink.net/~jedcline/ Web Pages; It Is Still A "Work In Progress". Thank You for Visiting Here, And Please Comment!

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A site for the collection of off-the-beaten-path data and ideas which may be able to improve wellbeing.

An almost unthinkable spacerail transportation structure  primarily supported by centriufugal force lopsidedly encircling the Earth connecting the ground with GEO could provide a tremendous step for all mankind: perhaps how and where to seek long term environmentally responsible shelter, nourishment and power for the near and distant future.
Rest, Re-creation & Rejuvenation topics: findings about improving wellbeing for better health and functionality in an increasingly toxic world.

The swamp, the environmentalist, and the alligators (a large graphics file, 126K, a long download) for those who become discouraged in the effort to help mankind grow up.

Looking toward the whole, the more inclusive being.

Hi, I'm Jim Cline: I hope you will like me and what I have to share with you here, and that you will share something of yourself with me too: email me at jedcline@earthlink.net.

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The responsibility of sharing what one has discovered in life, is a primary responsibility of growing older
to assist the development of mankind to become better
than that which oneself encountered in life.
So as to do one's best to fend off decay of humanity,
possibly to make some progress instead.... Jim Cline


jedcline website disclaimer:

This site is for the collection of data and ideas which may be able to improve the wellbeing of the individual, group, industry, civilization and worldwide ecosystem. The information on this site is not intended to replace competent medical, psychological, industrial, engineering or business advise, but instead to share the experiences and ideas of others who have chosen to investigate processes other than conventional medical, psychological, industrial, engineering or business. Your questions and comments are welcome, although this site is not for political views but rather in helping those who seek to restore their own lives, and the very life of their civilization and that of the overall ecosystem, to a healthy state. 


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