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       In order to develop and utilize space, we must have a plan
   which shows how this can be done, step by step, while still showing
   a profit all along the way.  Governments of free peoples will be
   loathe to finance extremely costly projects which have no more value
   or potential than scientific curiosity.
       1. Build a profit-making infrastructure based upon two 
   businesses - hydroponics and androids.  Profits from these 
   businesses will help finance the subsequent projects.
       2. Enlist the financial support of several major electric
   utilities and/or oil companies around the world.  The utilities will
   be getting desperate trying to find new power sources for two reasons.
   First, the public will not allow them to build nuclear fission plants
   due to their hazards.  And second, they will not be allowed to build
   coal fired plants because of the problem of global warming.  The oil
   companies, on the other hand, will eventually begin running out of 
   oil and helium-3 (from the moon) would be the perfect substitute.
       3. Finance and develop inexpensive launch capabilities for
   placing small payloads in LEO.   Three technologies in particular
   should be examined.  Those are conventional powder guns,
   electromagnetic projectile launchers, and hydrogen gas guns.
       4. The cheap LEO launch capability will be used to establish
   several orbiting fuel supply stations.  They will be refueled
   from the earth with water or ice.  The water will be separated into
   oxygen and hydrogen in orbit using solar power.
       5. Slowly expand each of the fuel supply stations into full scale
   space stations - perhaps into the space hotels envisioned by
   Shimizu Corp.  This would be done with automatic rendezvous and
   docking as the Russians now do and via remotely controlled assembly.
       6. Encourage the development of cheap space planes such as Hotol
   or the "space bus".  Promote tourism to all space stations
   via the space planes.  The goal is to expand the number of space
   planes through tourism.
       7. Develop the dozen or so machines described in section 7.6
   for deployment on the moon. Funding of this project can be a
   combination of the profits from hydroponics and android sales.
       8. Use the Energia HLV to lift the lunar equipment to LEO.
   There, the fuel tanks will be filled with propellant from the
   orbiting fuel depots.  The lunar equipment will then be soft
   landed on the moon - carrying no people. Alternatively, a smaller
   load could be lifted directly to the moon without the need for
   the orbiting fuel depots, thus moving up the start date for the
   first lunar base by 3 to 5 years.
       9. Finance and construct an EMPL capable of throwing projectiles
   from the earth to the moon.  This facility will cost about $6
   billion - about the same as the Alaskan oil pipeline.  The
   utilities and the oil companies will finance this project.
   (The lack of this facility is not a show-stopper, it merely
   delays progress of other projects).
       10. The lunar base will be established by the androids and
   controlled from earth.  The lunar facilities will grow both
   from the use of indigenous materials and from additional
   supplies delivered via EMPL and a lunar slide lander at the
   lunar base (see section 7.2.3) - if and when step 9 is completed.
       11. Begin producing lunar products: solar arrays, iron, oxygen,
   titanium, hydrogen, and helium-3. Continue to expand the production
       12. Construct a small EMPL (750 meters) at the first lunar base.
   This EMPL will be constructed up the side of a convenient lunar
   crater.  It will be capable of throwing projectiles all the way to
   Earth - much easier than the reverse.
       13. Begin shipments of helium-3 to earth via the small EMPL using
   projectiles sent from earth and landed on the lunar slide lander.
   The utilities can then begin full scale pilot plant development
   and we can begin to pay off our debts. Sales of helium-3 will help
   finance subsequent projects.
       14. Construct an electrified railroad from the first base north
   to the north pole of the moon.  This activity is expected to take
   five years to complete.
       15. Construct the primary EMPL at the north pole of the moon.
   This EMPL is the heart of our new propulsion system which is based
   on momentum transfer (see section 6.4).  This project is expected to
   take another five years to complete.
       16. Railroad construction will continue south from the north 
   pole down the back side of the moon after the construction of the
   circular tracks for the primary EMPL.  The goal will be to establish
   large solar arrays on the far side so we will have continuous solar
       17. Develop the lunar projectile manufacturing plant during
   construction of the primary EMPL.  The projectiles would be
   designed, developed, and perfected on earth.  If the earth-to-moon
   EMPL is built, they can even be tested by throwing them to the Moon.
       18. Begin manufacturing the components of the first spaceship.
   The spaceship's EMPL will be basically the same as the primary EMPL,
   only shorter.  The unique components will be those comprising the
   crew's quarters, the fuel production facilities, the Mars landing
   and observation equipment, and so on (see section 10.3).
       19. Bring the primary EMPL to operational status.
       20. Our plan for the manned exploration of Mars requires an
   unmanned precursor spaceship to be sent to Phobos.  This ship will
   establish a fuel production facility on Phobos and will also land
   human support facilities etc on Mars.  First, we must assemble
   the Phobos spaceship at L4 (or L5).  This effort is expected to take
   two to three years.
       21. Bring the ship to operational status. First, the ship will be
   spun up to 3 revolutions per minute.  Then the ship's EMPL will be
   checked out and made operational.  It will then catch projectiles
   from the primary EMPL to verify that we can make momentum exchange
   work.  The Phobos spaceship can then be outfitted for its trip and
   sent on its way.
       22. The Phobos ship will take a slow route to Mars and, upon
   entering the system, will rendezvous with Phobos.  After locating
   an appropriate site, it will land on Phobos and the androids on
   board will deploy the fuel manufacturing equipment, observation
   equipment, power supplies, etc on Phobos.
       23. A number of interesting landing sites will be selected. Crew
   members will be asked to choose the sites they would like to visit.
   Final sites will be chosen by those people who will be going.
       24. The crew support modules, i.e. crews' quarters, hydroponic
   facilities, fuel production facilities, observation equipment,
   communications equipment, power supplies, etc., will be landed at
   the selected sites accompanied by at least one android to set up
       25. Meanwhile, the manned spaceship will be constructed in HEO
   at L4 or L5, using primarily lunar materials thrown from the
   primary EMPL at the lunar polar base.  It will take three or four
   years to build the ship and make it ready for departure.
       26. The crew will be lifted via space planes to fuel depots in
   LEO, where the space planes will be refueled.  From there they will
   be lifted directly to the ship in HEO.
       27. The Mars ship will take a direct trajectory and will arrive
   in about 45 days.  The ship will rendezvous with Phobos but not
   land on it.  The crew will transfer to landing modules on Phobos
   and, from there, descend to Mars, landing at several different
   sites simultaneously.
       28. The crew will have 2 years to explore Mars before returning,
   via Phobos and the still orbiting spaceship back to HEO.  From there
   they will be returned to earth by space planes.  Total trip time
   will be about 824 days, not counting the time to HEO and back.
       29. Meanwhile, the unmanned precursor spaceship to be sent to
   Callisto will be assembled in HEO. It will be much the same as the
   Phobos ship, except that it will have 4 times the nuclear power to
   enable it to throw projectiles twice as fast.  Power for the primary
   EMPL will also be quadrupled, so that it too can throw projectiles
   twice as fast.
       30. The Callisto ship will be sent on a slow trajectory to
   Jupiter, where it will rendezvous with Callisto and assume a useful
   orbit around it.  Crew support modules will be separated from the
   ship and landed at the north pole of Callisto.
       31. The Mars ship will be refurbished and its nuclear power
   supplies quadrupled.  Another crew will be lifted to the ship and
   it will be sent off to Jupiter. The enhanced power supplies should
   allow the ship to reach Jupiter in about 6 months.
       32. Since Jupiter orbits the sun so slowly, launch windows
   occur about every 399 days instead of every 779 days for Mars.
   Thus, the crew will have 12 - 13 months in the Jovian system before
   their 6 month trip back to earth. Total expedition time will be
   about 750 days, or about 74 days LESS than the Mars expedition.