Book 4 Ch 6 Scott and Simon and mining on Mars

Maxwell Empire Scripted Book 4 Chapter 6 Scott and Simon and mining on Mars

Mining on Mars and the asteroids provides minerals for Earth industry because deposits of minerals on Earth have all been extracted that is economical and it is cheaper to mine out of this world. Scott and Simon are witnessing a spaceship leaving which will mine minerals on Mars.

 

SCOTT

That spaceship looks like a baby version of Maxwell 09.

SIMON

Yes, Scott, it does not need to be aerodynamic so it just consists of a framework.

SCOTT

A framework with suitable cladding for holding stuff where necessary.

SIMON

There do look to be lots of boxes housing the things necessary for setting up a mining site on Mars.

SCOTT

Perhaps they call it Mars Miner 01.

SIMON

More likely Mars Miner 101. They have been doing this for a long time.

SCOTT

So it has been filled up with ice blocks brought up the Space Elevator.

SIMON

Yes, it is ready to go.

SCOTT

The rolls of cables on the front of it are smaller.

SIMON

Yes, with the cables for Mars Space Elevators being shorter they will not need as many connecting the engines to the Miner.

SCOTT

So it is ready to start up the Space Elevator.

SIMON

The ship will soon depart from the top of the Space Elevator.

SCOTT

Up there it will be travelling at a velocity above Earth escape velocity, so it is a case of “Mars, here I come”.

SIMON

Assuming that robots do talk to planets.

SCOTT

Then in a few weeks it has got to Mars.

SIMON

It must look good seeing the cables roll out behind the engines and then all fly off.

SCOTT

Then going into orbit around Mars and installing its Space Elevator above the mine site.

SIMON

Now that assumes all the mine sites are near the equator.

SCOTT

They won’t be, will they? We should know that stuff.

SIMON

We do know that stuff. We have just forgotten it.

SCOTT

It does show that improving Education Inputs is possible.

SIMON

Yes, when you research that you could make a better glue.

SCOTT

We will have to assume the mineral is mined all over and trucked to the Space Elevator.

SIMON

Well, mined in their patch, anyway.

SCOTT

Otherwise the potential for robo wars.

SIMON

Not being people they don’t have wars.

SCOTT

Now if humans were involved in that it would mean possible wars and an awful lot of stuff to keep the humans alive.

SIMON

Yes, just as well robots can do all the work.

SCOTT

Literally all the work. Mars Miner 101 or whatever will set up his factory in Mars Space City, send down his, sorry, or her, miners and start mining.

SIMON

It will be back here in a couple of months with a load of mineral. It seems there are a lot of Mars Miners.

SCOTT

Well, with lithium being such a necessary component of batteries it is no wonder.

SIMON

That is true. No batteries means just about no anything.

SCOTT

Seeing the robots do all the work and there are billions of them that is a lot of batteries.

SIMON

And hence a lot of lithium.

SCOTT

Mars must be losing a lot of weight with us carting it all here.

SIMON

Yes, the action in Mars Space City must be a case of go, go, go.

SCOTT

With no humans usually it means no rotating segments. Or just one or two.

SIMON

Humans certainly do take a lot of looking after.

SCOTT

With all the Mars Miners you would not think they were about to start another one.

SIMON

It looks like it. Perhaps hauling rocks wears you out quickly.

SCOTT

They are pretty basic. One can be made in less than a year.

SIMON

Anyway, so much for rocks. We don’t want to miss our bus.

SCOTT

Right. America, here we come.