Thursday, October 29, 2015

Off to the Printer -- An Adaptive Paradigm for Human Space Settlement

Off to the printer! Since reading "Interstellar Migration and the Human Condition", edited by U Hawaii anthropologist Ben Finney, years ago, I have been working on ideas in the realm of long-term human space settlement; not as flag-planting, or 'the conquest of nature', or an expensive luxury of bored nations, but as a responsible investment in the human future. This article now off to Acta Astronautica, where the message reaches many in the rarefied world of space policy. The point here is to begin assembling an adaptive, evolutionary framework and context for long-term human space settlement. One step at a time!

Acta Astronautica is a peer-reviewed scientific journal sponsored by the International Academy of Astronautics. Content is based on original contributions in all fields of basic, engineering, life and social space sciences and of space technology related to:

The peaceful scientific exploration of space,

Its exploitation for human welfare and progress

Conception, design, development and operation of space-borne and Earth-based systems In addition to regular issues, the journal publishes selected proceedings of the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC), transactions of the IAA and special issues on topics of current interest, such as microgravity, space station technology, geostationary orbits, and space economics. Other subject areas include satellite technology, space transportation and communications, space energy, power and propulsion, astrodynamics, extraterrestrial intelligence and Earth observations.