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  • Location Somewhere in the Laniakea Cluster
  • Interests Space exploration and colonization, astronomy, drawing, tropical weather, science fiction (the Expanse, especially), geography, history, WWII warships, the future, technology, science, and being acutely aware of procrastination... And doing little to stop it.

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  1. The laptop is still acting weird, so I'll get it checked soon. I've started work on the next chapters, which means working on the various parts of society in the Kerbol system. To summarize my points so far: Government A corporation-colonized colony appears to be quite likely. Therefore, a government with representatives from both workers and the corporation itself could be the way to rule, or possibly an AI-government, which might be more efficient. "Ongoing" Events -Local water resources may eventually come into scarcity on Moho -Automation may result in a decreasing population, which would be low to begin with -The energy advantage would be eroded by cheaper fusion, making it less profitable to manufacture on Moho War -Most types of habitats, with the exception of those buried underground at the poles would be prone to bombardment -Equatorial habitats may have water supplies cut -Access to energy might make for a dangerous superlaser -Conflict may arise between corporations for metals and water Demographics -Low population -Most would live on the surface, not space -Taller kerbals due to gravity Culture -Likely connected with Kerbin, since colonization of Moho would take place later on -Something to do with kerbol? Infrastructure -Trains in the poles, and wheeled vehicles in the equatorial regions, to service circumnavigating colonies -Early on, skyhooks, then mass drivers, and lastly orbital rings Trade Industry: Metals, energy, manufacturing, tourism What do you think about these? Are they reasonable? I'm kind of clueless with things like culture, and I'd like to cover things like that more, but without pushing a certain vision.
  2. Show off your drawings!

    Practiced drawing faces. I also looked for a tutorial for drawing eyes, and here's the result of me trying to follow it.
  3. The Macbook Pro I happen to own tends to make a very loud sound, accompanied with temporary "greenish-glitchy" screen, with the computer freezing, before crashing completely. I want to try and avoid promoting a certain viewpoint of a Kerbal history, since there would probably be quite a few assumptions to make.
  4. My laptop still seems to be undergoing trouble. So while I wait to get a chance to fix the issue, I decided I would spend a bit of time on the chapters after. Those chapters will explore how the motivations and the environment of the various location in the Kerbin system affect the future of the Kerbol system—specifically in the factors of trade, politics, society, demographics, business, millitary, and infrastructure. I'd like to take suggestions for how I should organize the chapters. For example, should I go through each category one by one, or should I instead go world by world, or a completely different way?
  5. Weather Chat Megathread

    In the central Atlantic we now have a tropical disturbance with a 70% chance of developing in the next 5 days. If it becomes a tropical storm, it will be named Rina, making 2017 one of the few seasons to reach the R name, along with 1995, 2005, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
  6. What did you do in KSP today?

    I decided to see how quickly I could get to the Mun... By using KSP-Interstellar. I strapped several tweakscaled Timberwind engines as a lifting stage. When activated, the ship was exposed to multiple G's. At the end of the booster stage's burn, the entire ship was accelerating at 25Gs! I started up the VISTA engine, which accelerated the vessel at nearly 4G's of thrust the entire way to the Mun. I'm not sure whether I actually landed on the Mun. However, I'm pretty sure I close enough to roast the surface of the Mun with radiation from the fusion drive. Approximate landing time: 18 minutes, 15 seconds. I also tried to return, since I still had plenty of fuel. However, the fusion drive cannot operate in the atmosphere (I think), I had to heat shield, and I had no parachute. However, I was able to burn up in the atmosphere at 31 minutes and 47 seconds.
  7. Well, it has been a while since I've posted here. School has kept me a bit busy, and to top it off, my Macbook Pro experiences some graphical glitches when booting up KSP, before shutting down. However, I have finished writing the chapter.
  8. Apologies if this is a slight drift from the thread question, but suppose "space colonies" (whatever that may mean) are built during this era. How do you think this would be made possible. Profit is a strong motivator for sending things up into space, but not people in particular. Asteroid mining wouldn't work as a motivator unless it was needed for a giant space-based construction project that probably wouldn't exist in the 21st century. In my opinion, the way to achieve a colony like that might be for fairly irrational reasons, like sending people to Mars for a vision, not for profit. If a group has the money to do so, then that might be enough for a space colony.
  9. While there's been a ton of concepts utilizing different rocket engines and sorts on the HOPE mission, it doesn't seem like there's any real commitment to such a plan. While the private space companies might make launch costs cheaper, they wouldn't exactly be the ones carrying out such a plan.
  10. That was back in 2003 though. Surely the timelines would be shifted back a decade or two by this point.
  11. I would think that by 2100, we would have a fairly self-sufficient space industry around Earth. I could see this happening if governments help create the initial infrastructure, such as a refueling station on the moon, which might enable rockets to conduct circuits from LEO to cis-Lunar space, for a more reasonable fee. With that, cargo only has to be hauled into space, increasing the payload mass lifted. Eventually, mining operations on the moon and the asteroid could be a somewhat low-risk endeavor, opening up the capability for spacecraft manufacturing. As for Mars, there could be anywhere from a few hundred to maybe tens of thousands of people. If SpaceX succeeds with their rockets, we could see the latter. Permanent outposts would probably exist on Venus and perhaps in the asteroid belt. At this point there might be a few skyhooks orbiting the Earth, which would go a long way towards making space travel easier—a large, rotating version might be reached with only a supersonic aircraft. Probes will probably be orbiting every planet at this point.
  12. Weather Chat Megathread

    Lan might remain fairly stable for the next few hours, but the eye is a bit ragged. What'll probably stop it is a load of wind shear.
  13. Weather Chat Megathread

    Lan will weaken quickly as it nears Japan, which as far as I can tell is because of lower SST's and a big block of shear.
  14. Weather Chat Megathread

    Impressive how much Lan has improved in condition considering it appeared to be struggling just yesterday.
  15. True—I should've put a bit more thought into that statement. That said, I'm curious about as to what you think is the answer.