If you're wondering what new skills you should learn this summer, and you live in or are comfortable moving to Milan, maybe you should check out Susmita Mohanty's class at Domas Academy entitled "Products and Microenvironments for Orbiting Hotels." Mohanty is an "aerospace entrepreneur" and has worked on the International Space Station and the Shuttle-Mir missions, so she seems like a good choice to teach a class on designing products to allow for a comfortable stay for orbiting tourists.
Here's an excerpt from the course description:
Honestly it sounds pretty much like living in New York City, but that just means the stuff these students design can be of use to more people than just super-rich tourist astronauts, which will now be referred to as touristronauts, which is also the name of a defunct ska band, probably.
[via Boing Boing]
Why not just "touronauts"?
This course sounds interesting.
How to get to Mars. Easy, if Mars was closer, or in the event that several other planets were orbiting the Sun in the Earth Mars Sector.
The solution is;
Solar Orbiting Mars Transit Stations.
We start building several more Space Stations. As Mars is approximately 1.5 times further from the Sun than Earth, we ship the first (of several) space stations out another 47 million miles out, set it up in Solar Orbit, and return to Earth.
Then we make another 5 or 5 of these stations and space them out between Earth and Mars orbital sectors.
To get to Mars we first go a quarter of the distance stay there for a few months,(occupying a sector of the Solar Orbit) then return to Earth. This is the technology and equipment proving ground, and importantly the Astronauts lifeboat. Theres a flipside to this, as massive fuel reservers are required to maintain Solar Orbits of each Mars Transit Stations. However at least the Astronauts have multiple "lifeboats".
A final Transit station can be sent to a Mars Orbit
and stocked with fuel food and spares and home comforts
required for the full scale colonisation of the Red Planet.
We already have Vacuume to Vacuum Refulling so new Tankers will be a must, as will new SRB'S etc, KW requirement