MNT & space dissertation needs reviewers

from the let's-help-change-Mr-Tom-to-Dr-Tom dept.
Senior Associate Tom McKendree writes "I am wrapping up the last substantive chapter of my dissertation [on space applications of molecular nanotechnology]. After that, I still have the conclusions chapter to finish, and the introduction to write, but there is a lot of content in what is already done. My target is to actually defend and complete this year. So, in the spirit of parallel processing, I am looking once again for people interested in reviewing sections of the dissertation." Read More for the outline. "In summary, the current outline is:

  1. Introduction (TBD)
  2. Background (~64 pages)
    1. Overall Systems Architecture
    2. Overal System Architectures for Space Operations
    3. Orbital Mechanics
    4. Location Theory (Needs re-write)
    5. Molecular Nanotechnology (Needs clean-up, particularly what has been accomplished over the last five years)
    6. System Architectures for Space Operations That Exploit Molecular Nanotechnology (Needs update on papers over the last few years)
  3. Extending Location Theory to Accomodate Orbital Locations (~134 pages)
    1. Initial Considerations for the Facility Location Problem in Orbital Space
    2. Basic Facility Location Model
    3. Extension of Model to Address Planetary Gravity Wells
    4. Facility Location Model Using High Performance Rockets
    5. Extension of Model to Address Multiple Factories
    6. Illustrations of Discrete Modelling (Optional and TBD)
  4. Systems Architectures for Space Transporation Based on Molecular Nanotechnology (~193 pages)
    1. Chemical Rockets
    2. Solar Electric Ion Engine (big payoff, and a big section)
    3. Laser Power Distribution
    4. Solar Sails
    5. Skyhooks and Towers
    6. Spacehooks
    7. Spacehooks with Tension Control (generic discussion only)
    8. Catch and Throw Constellations (generic discussion only)
  5. System Architectures for Space Manufacturing Based on Molecular Nanotechnology (~72 pages)
    1. Overview of Molecular Manufacturing Characteristics in a Space Environment
    2. Carbonaceous Asteroid Mine/Factory (fairly qualitative)
    3. Direct Remanufacture CELSS (fairly qualitative)
    4. System Self-Repair
    5. Logical Core Architecture
  6. Integrating Molecular Nanotechnology-Based Space Transportation and Spae Manufacturing Through Orbital Location Theory
    1. Evaluation Scenario (~11 pages)
    2. Baseline Case: Using Conventional Chemical Rockets (~5 pages)
    3. Using MNT Chemical Rockets(~10 pages)
    4. TDB [Probably using Solar Electric Ion Engine and/or a case using skyhooks, spacehooks, and solar sails]
    5. Using All the MNT Transportation Architectures (TBD)
    6. Summary of Total System Performance With Different Combinations of MNT Capabilities (TBD)
  7. Conclusions (TBD)

Note, these are wimply, double-spaced super-margin pages. Nonetheless, equations can sometimes get a little hairy. Anyone interested in reviewing any of these sections, please let me know. Messages can be left at [email protected], although I may not be able to respond quickly."

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