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Old March 30th, 2004, 03:37 AM
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In a large thread on colony requirements and why would colnies be settled there develped a discussion of low tech approach and high tech approach.
This got me to thinking

In Traveller, has any mention been made of the Oort cloud? huge storehouse of hydrogen and metal, enough to build and fuel fleets of ships.

In a high tech colonizing effort. What do you think the advantages of colonizing from the 'top down', and setting up the initial foundry facilites in space? Get your metals from asteroids, fuel from the oort cloud, and send down finished goods to the surface for your colonists. They grow the food, and provide labour. Surface based geology is a possibility, but with asteroids ebing so much richer in metals, why bother?
You may want to in order to provide a backup in case of war, and the attacks on your orbital based facilties.
http://cygo.com/asteroidway.shtml has a good section on how much metal is in a common asteroid.
Stealing ides for Solar bubbles from Savages' book and you get a solar powered smelter. Send down the metal to machine shops and you have the makings of an industrial revolution.
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