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Space Habitats

For space habitats, one is invited to fast forward 20 years. Advanced technology at this time will be putting families into space habitats to augment the dwindling housing resource here on Earth. Sizeable population growth has been met with an increasing demand for additional housing units and raw materials since the bounties of the Earth can no longer sustain the growing needs of the population.

Space Habitats

In view of this, investors are looking for areas beyond Earth to establish new villages and produce raw materials to support its construction.

The obvious answer to this can only be in outer space. It would probably take a greater great resolve for investors to entice families to settle in space habitats. But then again, this is only an alternative and investors are cashing in on the new housing boom.

While investors expend time and effort to build machines that would create new products out of recycled materials and at the same time seek alternative sources to support construction of space habitats, similar material types have been found abundant in space and investors now embrace the possibility of mining the much needed resources. From this was born the possibility of human colonies established in beyond Earth's atmosphere.

Space habitats, otherwise called orbital colonies, space colonies or space settlements, are based on a scientific idea that has been proposed a couple of times as alternative dwellings for human beings. This idea was ignored several years ago, though not lately. Unlike waystations and specialized facilities already operating in space, space habitats will serve as permanent settlements wherein the ecosystem is deemed similar to Earth and people could actually raise families and work accordingly.

There have been several space habitat designs presented by NASA. One of the most popular is the Bernal sphere that was proposed in 1929 by John Desmond Bernal, which was originally designed as a hollow spherical shell, 16-kilometer in diameter and can hold approximately 20,000 people. Another proposal is the Stanford Torus that sported a donut-shaped ring design; 1.6-kilometer in diameter and can accommodate around 10,000 people. Each of the designs presented used different methods of sustaining a livable environment.

What are the potential advantages of space habitats over planet-based colonies? Primarily, space habitats will have access to vast resources available in asteroids, meteors and other nearby heavenly bodies that are complemented by the constant utilization of solar energy. Likewise, there is that immense possibility of providing decent housing for a vast population density that would involve around trillions when using the solar system's free-floating resources. However, the idea of thriving in space seems unrealistic to most people as of this time because of the belief that spacesuits and other gadgets are necessary in order to survive the hazards of space life.

What then motivates investors to engage in the idea of space habitats? Definitely profits. While investors who would want to own and operate space habitats will need to invest large sums of money considering the facilities that will be required to operate an Earth-like environment, once the space habitats are fully developed and functional as a place fitting for human settlement, profits will pour in dramatically with people buying the idea of living under an ideal and controlled environment.

Space habitats could be considered as one of the most outrageous developments of our time because thriving in space runs counter to the typical perception that human beings can only survive life on Earth. Though partly true, the idea of space habitats could be the next "wild, wild west". Moreover, this could open doors of possibilities and opportunities for enterprising individuals. Space habitats could be the breakthrough that would serve as an antidote to many of our maladies here on earth. The time has come to push forward with this idea.

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