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Lunar Dust ripened cheese; (gunpowder Emmental)

Lunar Dust ripened cheese; (gunpowder Emmental)

This is also a USDA SBIR proposal for ISS to explore the effects of Zero G on cheese Yeats and cheese curing on orbit in Nanoracks ūüôā

Astronaut tended to experiment with cheese boring samples returned to earth from a small wheel of cheese in a Nanao racks cabinet with astronaut taste testing.



Ice Giant SEP docked with spacecraft and Dual flow RTG-REP/SEP power

We last blogged about a common SEP & spacecraft docking mechanisms that allow for power to flow both ways between SEP stage and spacecraft RTG power sources.(SEP/REP hybrid)We suggested that this allows for a spacecraft in hibernation or partly in hibernation so that RTG power can be shunted to the SEP stage to augment the solar panels in the outer solar system.

This post changes the spacecraft and SEP geometries¬†so that both spacecraft are docked to one another “nose to nose”We do this to allow the spacecraft chemical¬†rocket engine to point 360 degrees away from the SEP engines, this should allow for both to be able to fire into ice giant orbits.Instead of LOR (Lunar orbit¬†rendezvous), we have After Planetary¬†Orbital Insertion Separation(APOIS) Or Planetary spacecraft orbit rendezvous¬†(SPOR)

The Ice Giant study proposes that spacecraft might have 150,90 or 50 Kg payloads, our plan requires a rethink of this.Perhaps the spacecraft has 100 Kg and the SEP carries 50 Kg and one of these two carries the atmosphere probe? in a few cases, duplicative instruments might be called for(magnetometer comes to mind).After APOIS the SEP stage with the smaller(?) payload leaves planetary orbit to perform a centaur & Trojan mission.

We chose the idea of identical spacecraft and SEP stage with identical atmosphere¬†probes.orbital insertion utilizing both chemical and RTG power allows for the entire stack in orbit and requires a rethink of spacecraft¬†& SEP geometry to in reference to atmosphere¬†probe delivery!¬†The chemical engine¬†allows for a delivery of probe to the atmosphere from orbit with a subsequent avoidance¬†maneuver, this greatly lowers the speed and changes the geometry of the atmosphere entry probe and reduces the challenges of ablative technologies(?)It’s unlikely¬†we are doing aerobraking.

Both spacecraft and SEP should have ELECTRA & Earth communications gear. ELECTRA allows for enhanced capabilities for probe entry geometries. Both spacecraft should be able to do the independent flight in orbit to conduct simultaneous magnetic fields from different orbits.Independent flight is due to occur as the SEP stage breaks orbit to the Centaur Trojan targets in any event.This calls for both SC and SEP stage to carry duplicative energetic particle & plasma detectors.After APOIS the SEP stage will have a limit to its power to instruments out at the ice giants.Trades between SC or SEP doing a close in polar orbit for magnetometer gravity field for planetary interior characteristics, IE SEP stage impacts Polar region at EOM and SC escapes satellites to Trojan/Centaur.We believe having the SEP and SC both with instruments enter into orbit has the highest score for science objectives as does the APOIS  wich results in two spacecraft at each ice giant followed by orbit escape to secondary targets.After APOIS both might be doing satellite tours.This is close to the science results of the Final Ice Giant report for dual spacecraft one planet.



(A)(1) One ARRM class SEP stage and two docked SC, this works for Uranus and Neptune assuming one of the ice giant SC separates before Jupiter flyby.(A)(2)Trades on wich SC the SEP stage stays with, The Common dual power flow docking mechanisms put both Uranus and Neptune into play for trades(A)(3)Trades on SC alone without SEP using ballistic ice giant satellites escape to Trojan/Centaur, how would Triton work out?

(B)(1) Saturn-Uranus dual missions with 1 SC 2 probes 1 SEP (B)(2) 2 SEP with 2 SC Jupiter (flyby probe?)Saturn(flyby probe)or (orbital and escape to?) Uranus-Neptune trades.


(C)(1) For each trade in (A)&(B) above we need a Decadel Survey derived list of Instruments that are   (C)(2) On both the SC and SEP &   (C)(3) are not duplicated on both S and SEP.   (C)(4) We have already blogged about a SEP that deploys multiple probes at multiple targets IE Jupiter Saturn Uranus & Titan(ICE Giant Spider).Neptune end of orbiter mission with SEP Triton orbit followed by escape to Trojans/Centaurs after APOIS.(C)(2) TDU/Kilo power concepts could power the proposed Ice Giant spacecraft with power shared with a docked SEP/NEP stage hybrid.














Reintroduce the California Condor to its former Northern Range in British Columbia

Reintroduce the California Condor to its former Northern Range in British Columbia, add Canada as a third nation partner in the condor recovery project.Canada has an opportunity of vast wild spaces that might keep human raised condors from human recontact.Climate change might very well extend Condor range further north?

Professor Ann Salomon has some ideas that could be incorporated into a Canadian/First Nations partnership that could be incorporated into a future reintroduction of the California back into its former northern range.Professor Salomon discusses social-ecological interactions to build and cultivate clam gardens.    Clam Gardens talk 

The Vancouver Aquarium and the federal and provincial governments along with the first nations groups could be our social ecology interaction for species restoration.My thoughts along these lines would be to allow the native American and first nations permissions to hunt whale and marine mammals to periodically surreptitiously feed California condors.this could be an important source of income to the Native American/First Nations groups.

The Native Americans and Inuit on the American side could be contracted to provide marine mammals periodically on the beach in Big Sur to the California Condor population there.First Nations groups could provide marine mammals to the beach for any future British Columbian population.This social-ecological partnership with forest nations would be an important source of employment.I do not know if First Nations groups have an exemption from prohibitions to hunting marine mammals.

Condors fed on Grey Whales in ancient times 

A quote from the article; HAVE GRAY WHALES RECOVERED FROM WHALING? A SUMMARY OF NEW SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS: Alter, S.E., Rynes, E., and S.R. Palumbi. 2007. ‚ÄúDNA evidence for historical population size and past ecological impacts of gray whales.‚ÄĚ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The whales are themselves food for predators such as orcas, and for scavengers such as the nearly extinct California condor that once fed regularly on washed up marine mammal carcasses”

Proposed protocol;

The Washington state native American group has treaty rights to hunt whale and this is recognized under the IWC rules (Inuit) Makah whaling rights  The Makah would be contracted with a social-ecological partnership to hunt young gray whales and younger specimens of seal during the migration season to feed Big Sur California Condors on the beach.Makah hunters under contract would travel from Washington state and perform this contract off Big Sur nesting sites.Marine mammal kills will be tested for toxic metals and compounds.Marine mammals will be disassembled for easy access by Condors.This would require a further exemption to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA)(such as for Alaska Native subsistence).

Later as the protocol shows its weakness or strength(heavy metals) as compared to lead pellets this social-ecological partnership could extend to a California Condor reintroduction to British Columbia.

DDE & Condors

Marine Mammal Mercury study


if it’s shown that condors prefer marine mammals over lead shot feeding and all other things being equal then we should consider¬†the contribution of Canadian and American¬†funding of an aboriginal¬†industry of providing ecological support to species restoration.



Introduction of Baja California mangrove ecosystems to Mission Bay San Diego

The introduction of Baja California mangrove ecosystems to Mission Bay San Diego in response¬†to climate change and to provide ecosystem¬†biomass for commercial and sports fisheries.Future climate change might warm Mission Bay to the Mangroves current Baja California¬†range.It’s proposed the mangrove tree would be from seed only with no soil brought in to reduce unintended¬†introductions.

San Diego’s¬†Mission Bay is an artificially¬†dredged¬†bay that we propose would be the site of an experiment to naturalize¬†Baja California Mangrove species¬†of trees.

Assist the mangrove to move North? 

It’s been proposed that humans assist plants to migrate¬†into new habitats¬†in response to climate change, in this case, we do not propose to introduce mangrove trees into San¬†Diego wetlands but into Mission Bay¬†an artificially¬†dredged recreational inshore bay.The experiment would be to observe Mangrove tree root harboring¬†of planktonic and larval crustaceans and fish.

Assisted Migration wiki

Reintroduce Sea Otters rehabilitated at Marine mammal centers to the Point Loma Kelp Forrest, San Diego

Reintroduce Sea Otters (Enhydra lutris) rehabilitated at Marine mammal centers to the Point Loma Kelp Forrest (Macrocystis pyrifera), San Diego and to the Baja California kelp forests. Baja California kelp forests

Mexico with a border just miles away could be the third nation along with Canada as a partner for the reintroduction of sea otters to Southern California.

There are many who share my dream of sea otters back to the kelp beds off San Diego;

LA waterkeepers

Earth Justice

Lawsuits have overturned rules that permitted the government to remove sea otters from Southern California waters

Ban on Sea Otters from Southern California waters lifted



Sea Otter Kelp ecology

Our proposed protocols;

experienced older sea otters that find their way into marine mammal recovery centers would along with younger less experienced animals would be released if deemed recovered into the San Diego kelp bed forest.




Relocate American and Japanese Military assets from Okinawa to a city at sea to reduce local tensions

Relocate American and Japanese Military  assets from Okinawa to a city at sea to reduce local tensions


(A) (1)relocate American and Japanese military assets from Okinawa to reduce tensions there among the two nations citizens by building a city at sea that has these military assets as an economic anchor tenant.(A)(2) This requires a military and commercial airport and seaport at sea that creates an economic base for the city and its inhabitants.(A)(3) This city at sea would be built by both nations and the citizens of the city at sea would be from both nations.(A)(4)Property taxes would pay down a minority portion of the cost to build for the civilian portion and the military assets by America. and Japan. (A)(5) Military Sealift Command ships could resupply the military assets.

(B)(1) American and Japanese oceanographic research ships could be ported at the city at sea furthering the economic base and adding to the cities expertise. civil servants who work as ocean researchers would be encouraged to be a city at sea homeowners.

(B)(2) American aircraft carrier reactors and life support equipment could power the American military assets based at the city at sea.

(B)(3)This city at sea would have both American and Japanese addresses with postal codes, it would be a home of record for the military, civil service, contractors for the purpose of being a home of record and to calculate cost of living and housing allowances.These allowances are used for mortgages.



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Cities at sea-6

Cities at sea-7¬† ¬†(C)(1)This link has a model not likely to be used in this proposal¬†in that this proposal¬†is not a Libertarian¬†Nirvana.This proposal envisions¬†American and Japanese military commanders¬†and personnel and a civilian elected city government.(C)(2)Perhaps a portion of the city at sea could be a special economic zone with different laws and nationalities¬†from many other countries.I am not interested¬†in Libertarians who inadvertently encourage labor and human rights exploitation.(C)(3)Non-American¬†Japanese¬†residence should be allowed to vote in local government elections.(C)(4) I would see the civil government owning the cities hull and common spaces along with condominium associations but much of the business would be well served by ESOP’s or employee ownership as an important part of the community.(C)(5)


DEROC ; Distributed Evolved Recovery Of “Jettisoned” Components

DEROM ; Distributed Evolved Recovery Of Jettisoned Matter. (DEROC ) components might be a better choice.

How would it work? not sure but here is a guess( see Rappolee Flower post) Payload adapter and payload shroud/fairing would be brought to LEO.Payload fairing would deploy around payload but would not jettison from payload adapter (Rappolee flowers Post ).Payload separates.Rappolee flowers deploy photovoltaic on the inside of the fairing.A mesh deploys around the fairing halves that has more photovoltaic cells and acts as an antenna.The mesh is designed to deploy with the fairing halves to create a circular object.

We need to dock and store these somewhere for later use or use them as is somehow(power)the underside of the former payload adapter could have a grapple fixture or a docking mechanism with the power connector for other docked power users.

We are selling power and communications to some communications provider perhaps?

EDIT; “Highly evolved secondary¬†fairing payload” “HESFP”

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Nocturnal Synchronous polar orbiter utilizing ACES IVF and ICE power sources and Distributed Launch

Nocturnal Synchronous polar orbiter utilizing ACES IVF and ICE power sources and Distributed Launch

Nocturnal Synchronous polar orbits are defined as the opposite of Sun-synchronous polar orbits.It envisioned as a method to conceal from observation spysats.These orbits are not ideal for large expensive satellites but might be worthwhile as ride share on ACES upper stages as a power source to replace solar panels.

Possibly we could do a nonfunded RFP to find out from the scientific community of possible uses of permanently shaded spacecraft for earth observation, astronomy, and intelligence gathering.

(A) What is the maximum polar orbit that can stay in darkness? (B) In some cases, spacecraft illumination might be allowed at Apogee in remote southern ocean areas.(C) What is the boil off ratio for ACES in a Nocturnal orbit?

(D) CONOPS; An ACES stage fully fueled delivers a payload to Polar orbit, after Spacecraft separation ACES maneuvers into a Nocturnal polar orbit with rideshare IR instruments or a secondary payload.IVF and ICE powers and cools the IR instruments.LH2 cools LNe2 to cool IR instruments (see the ACES Spider proposal) same could be claimed for an astronomy instrument.Future ACES to polar orbit refuel the Nocturnal ACES in a form of distributed Launch.

Terrestrial & Cislunar Exploration Technologies ESOP colonization compact

We the 200 passengers on the spaceship hereby pledge our mutual fortunes and future prosperity and wellbeing and happiness to one another through our California public benefit corporation and ESOP.

We pledge to share our intellectual and entrepreneurial ideas to one another through our ESOP to advance our cause of making mars and other worlds our home.We pledge to spread the joy of new found knowledge with everyone back in our original home.

We will Borrow $ 200 Million for our passage and purchase of the spaceship and reuse the spaceship to earn revenue to bring yet more passengers.Our passage there for is a business expense towards future revenues and is a liability of the ESOP corporation.If we fail we do not owe as individuals but if we work hard and succeed the $200 million plus our other investments in mars architecture becomes our pension plan in the decades ahead.

Think of the Mayflower compact but I have added in the philosophy of Employee ownership together with that of the for profit public benefit corporation.


Hybrid Strongback/Crane

Hybrid Strongback/Crane

This planetary lander would serve as a dock at a spaceport to assist other landers to unload bulky or heavy cargo.

Also, this strongback/crane would serve to build buildings



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