The SPACE Project (Study Project Advancing Colony Engineering)

The SPACE project re-examines the Space Colonies studies led by Gerard O’Neill in the 1970s, investigating how the advancements since then in materials, technology and other areas could lead to improvements in the colonies’ design and construction. To report on this study, including the effects on life on Earth, and other aspects, which could include solar power satellites.

Apart from providing a safety net in the event of catastrophe striking the Earth – be it man- made (which appeared a possibility at the time) or through other means – it was shown that building the colonies could bring enormous benefits to those remaining on Earth. In fact O’Neill showed that most of the major problems facing the Earth – which are still with us today – could be addressed by these vast construction projects in space.

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