Orbital Belts

Discuss the Traveller RPG and its many settings
Condottiere
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Re: Orbital Belts

Postby Condottiere » Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:45 pm

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A minor race trapped into an unending existential struggle, in a zero sum resources game.
Linwood
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Re: Orbital Belts

Postby Linwood » Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:53 pm

Yeah.... :D
Sinanju
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Re: Orbital Belts

Postby Sinanju » Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:26 pm

That's...not at all what I imagine a Motie looking like, but yeah.
BigDogsRunning
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Re: Orbital Belts

Postby BigDogsRunning » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:00 pm

Sigtrygg wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:11 am
Found it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMbI6sk-62E
Thanks Sigtrygg!

This is my new favorite guy! I'm in the process of watching all of his earlier stuff, and checking out his writings as well. Amazing!

It looks like orbital rings, and other dynamic structures, make a lot of sense even at low tech levels, and cheap enough to build at higher tech levels that it wouldn't make sense not to do so. Free is better than cheap, and if you can amortize building costs over decades, but make use of them over centuries or millennia. You don't even need super-high strength materials, and the project would likely be automated at higher tech levels. Mining operations and mass drivers in the asteroid belt drop materials right into orbit where they are attached together in a modular fashion. You would likely want to start small and have it pay for continuing to build itself over time. In just a few decades, or centuries, you could have massive structures, and enormous utility. It would make gas giant refueling simple if you could literally drop a hose into the atmosphere and start pumping, or just fling un-powered scoop craft from one point on a ring to another "through" the upper atmosphere to collect fuel.
BigDogsRunning
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Re: Orbital Belts

Postby BigDogsRunning » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:19 pm

Condottiere wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:45 pm
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A minor race trapped into an unending existential struggle, in a zero sum resources game.
But, on the gripping hand...
Condottiere
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Re: Orbital Belts

Postby Condottiere » Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:39 am

They like to reproduce.

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