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#76 2019-01-04 22:37:53

tahanson43206
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Re: A City Rises on the Plain...

Louis,

You may enjoy this bit of satire by Tom Jolly:

http://www.silcom.com/~tomjolly/MarsMis … lished.pdf

Mr. Jolly is (among other things) a science fiction writer.  His most recent work appeared as the cover story in Analog for January/February 2019.

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#77 2019-01-14 11:49:41

tahanson43206
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Re: A City Rises on the Plain...

Louis,

Here is an interesting perspective on the future, by one of your countrymen:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/2019010 … est-threat

While the author is focused strictly on Earth, it seems to me his ruminations are worth folding into the larger set of futures, of which Mars is a part.

(th)

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#78 2019-01-15 19:51:02

louis
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Re: A City Rises on the Plain...

Thanks, TH, I'll take a look. smile

tahanson43206 wrote:

Louis,

Here is an interesting perspective on the future, by one of your countrymen:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/2019010 … est-threat

While the author is focused strictly on Earth, it seems to me his ruminations are worth folding into the larger set of futures, of which Mars is a part.

(th)


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#79 2019-01-15 20:01:09

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Re: A City Rises on the Plain...

Mars 2040             

The combined population of residents, company personnel , researchers and tourists is now  2130.  Whilst most launches still take place during the oppositions when Mars and Earth are closest,   Advanced Series Starships   arrive at the Spaceport  every tensol of the Mars year.

Of course, hopper flights around the planet are rapidly rising in number as tourism takes off as well.  It is the hopper flights which really keep the Aldrin Spaceport busy.

The domicile maximum has been raised to 12 years.   Increasingly the evidence is that humans can live healthily on Mars  with the appropriate medication and exericise.  Returning to Earth does take adjustment though. A 4 year stay on Mars or in transit equates to a period of 3 months "Readjustment Programme" (RP)  back on Earth when you return. A 2 year stay equates to a one month RP.

Working on Mars is a very attractive proposition.  The average stay on Mars for an MDC (Mars Development Corporation) worker is 4 years.  The median pay is about $240,000 pa (2019 prices).  The MDC operative on Mars has few expenses. They pay no rent or taxes and all their food and clothing is provided for.  They might choose to purchase some luxuries while on Mars but generally speaking their cost of living is v. low.  If they own a house or apartment back on Earth they can rent it out while they are on Mars and most of their salary is earning interest while they are away.  The MDC want the best staff and labour costs are a small part of the overall cost structure of Mars operations, so the tendency is to pay very well by Earth standards. 

The financial rewards coupled with what is seen as a very stimulating lifestyle are proving exceptionally attractive to highly qualified and energetic young people.  Young people love the experience of playing sports in 0.38 G.  Many people find they can beat the Earth's World Record for 100 metres while on Mars (the Mars record now stands at 6.02 seconds). There are now 5 separate sports and gym centres. 

There is also a ski centre and cave exploration complex, a velodrome and a pressurised climbing experience up a very steep crater wall.

There are plans for a Mars bungee jump.

The key tourist itinerary is Olympus Mons, Valles Marineris, the original landing site of the first Starships, the Old City, the glacier mining operation, the Xerxes caves, Earth Valley (the development announced in 2032 at Wabash Crater , using a natural gorge, it was designed to replicate a natural environment on Earth -  you can cycle or run for 50 kms without ever retracing your steps) and the Mars Resort (a beach and underwater park experience in a 500 metre by 100 metre lake with heated water, sandy beach, tropical fish, a coral reef, and enhanced natural light to replicate the Med in high summer). 

The Old City is being developed as a restaurant/night economy centre where people can gaze on the old Starships, illuminated at night in coloured lights.

The Mars Council approves a $500 million Fertility and Procreation Programme (FPP) with a view to a safe pregnancy and birth taking place on Mars in 2045.

The Primary Terraformation Project (Stage One) begins in in 2040.  This involves Rocket Hoppers seeding the Northern polar region with dark dust to decrease the albedo effect and  increase the amount of heat absorbed by the planet.  The Northern Polar Programme is designed to be spread over the next 40 years. By the end of the programme there will be 100,000 flights per annum depositing dark material over the northern latititudes..

Some other recent Mars Council decisions:

1.     There is no requirement for metalled roads on Mars.

2.    A new settlement to be called Ares City is to be built in the Southern Hemisphere.

3.    If any unauthorised settlement attempt is made on Mars then authorisation is given to disrupt that settlement by all means necessary including disruption of energy supplies.   

4.    Elon Musk is elected first President of Mars at the age of 69.  The electorate (composed of persons who have lived on Mars for more than one year) numbers 1238.  The turnout for the election (conducted by mobile phone with pin number verification) is 82%.  The opposing candidate ran as the UN Candidate and received only 1.4%  of the vote.

5.    The Council resolves to adopt an All Mars Constitution by 2050. Until then the Council’s resolutions shall have “constitutional validity”.

6.    Mars Homestead “packages” are to be subsidised.  The packages will allow people to live independently with their own habs, energy supply, agricultural production habs including not just food crops but also crops for clothing, 3D printing to produce goods and spare parts and of course life support.  The Homesteader scheme requires participants to supply the Mars Council Food Department with a proportionate amount of food.

Exohab , an Earth-based start up has produced a simple and cheap “multiplex living space”.  Essentially these are pop up habs, connected by polymer tunnels that can be expanded indefinitely.

Back on Earth Mars TV has some 45 million subscribers across the world watching a mix of programming from reality TV, through exploration missions, science, classic Mars films and other formats.   

The ESA announces its intention to co-operate with the MDC and Mars Council on future operations on Mars as part of a $7.5 billion deal over ten years (MDC providing 50% of the funding).

Space X’s revenues from Mars-related activities are now $4.6 billion pa. MDC’s revenues are over $11 billiion pa. The profit margin is 16%.  The Mars Council has revenue of $1.1 billion through its agreements with Space X and MDC.


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#80 2019-09-02 14:31:34

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Re: A City Rises on the Plain...

Bumping topic:

Time lines are contained in this topic with general features to what makes a settlement for the My Hacienda On Mars topic which is recording the activity owners for the cities growth for settled plots and business opportunities.

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