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2000-01-06 – The Floating Island problem- Waste services

In the beginning, human wastes will not really be a problem. However, as Oceania grows, the lack of land-fill, and the hope that we can be both economically viable and also have a low impact on the environment means that a solution will have to be found. Given that the entire system is being built […]

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2000-01-05 – The Floating Island problem- Growth, Layout and special structures

The following is a postulated first growth design. Key: Firebreaker Cellular heavy lift Extra structures In this diagram, the engineering area has been moved in to attach directly to the main area for support, and additionally some blocks have been replaced by heavy lift blocks (8) using the cellular construction bottle technique outlined earlier. In […]

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2000-01-04 – The Floating Island problem- The shape of the colony

Due to the HCP concept, the island will be a kind of fractal shaped hexagon. Arms can be tethered off the coast, as long as the tether/gangplank can take the torque exerted on them by the loadings on the plank and the islet. I used this to test the calculations that returned 144 bottles per […]

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2000-01-03 – The Floating Island problem- The overall design

The structure of the system is not overly critical from a survival point of view, however, it will be safer and more desirable to maintain some rules. Stability for heavy communal areas will be interesting, too. Such things as industrial lathes and the like will require massive amounts of extra support. From Wayne Gramlich’s page […]

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2000-01-02 – The Floating Island problem- The actual construction idea

Ok, this is where the philosophy ends, and real physics and experimentation starts! So, there are two ideas in the main, seacrete, and plastic cups. Seacrete is unlikely to be as useful as we hoped. Recent experiments show that the accretion rate is too slow for anything, and uses the sum of the power from […]

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2000-01-01 – The Floating Island problem

Ok, I might get flamed for not knowing the correct name of this mooted installation, but hopefully not! (Tends towards the name “Aquarius Rising”, which sounds so New Age.) It has been postulated that the way into space is via the sea. This may sound silly, but there are a number of good reasons. Firstly, […]

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2000-01-10 – The Space Station problem

Well, where to begin? Colonisation of space is the dream of many, but it isn’t exactly easy. There are hundreds of problems, the main one being how to get up there. The Space plane and other “Shuttle-U-Haul” systems are frankly wanting, as they aren’t ever going to be capable of getting all the way into […]

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