How the New Economy Enters Space

Spinship orbits earth shown below it.

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This orbital airship, a part of the Ascender series of JP Aerospace, connects earth to the great beyond. But, where do we go when the Ascender gets us to orbit? Do we meet a hotel in orbit? That would be nice. Better if we could join in a thriving community in space. A community that could travel to Luna or Mars in comfort, see sights along the way, have gravity, eat well, sleep well, play and work hard. Such is the #Spinship shown above the earth. In this orbit, it meets the ascending orbital airship, and transfers cargo and passengers. The spinship communities in earth orbit and out to translunar, rely on space mining to build products needed for a thriving economy, including trade with mother earth. Later this century, ships similar to these may take us to the stars.


Can’t we all just get to Orbit?

This is the time for all hopeful people to get their own garage (or warehouse) and start building our future in space. Prime example, JP Aerospace in little Rancho Cordova, California. So many breakthroughs in so little time. First Dark Sky Station testing, first FAA certificate for an Ascender, world record altitude for dirigible flight (95,085 ft MSL), first and only live weblink from the edge of space while allowing thousands of people around the globe to present messages with earth curving in the background (seen by millions around the world), and first tandem airship lift of flowers to space. Oh yeh, and more than 18,000 student experiments to the edge of space, all free to the students. Well, that’s why I follow John Powell of JP Aerospace on social media. One is allowed to join, and volunteer services. Volunteers get to build airships, and spaceships, eventually. Oh, I almost forgot Bel. She’s the synmind command chain for the submarine, a prototype for the Ascender and Dark Sky Station crew capsules. Point is, a guy and his garage. Well, he does have help from volunteers of all sexes and ages and backgrounds. None of us make great things happen all by our lonesome. We just need more visionaries. Care to join us?

What Do We Do in Space?

First we get there, comfortably (really?), at Atlantic shipping rates (come on!), and safely (better be!), using the gossamer wings of a JP Aerospace orbital airship, a giant Ascender craft that takes 3 days to attain orbit.

Then, we grab a ferrycraft to transfer us to higher orbit, where the spinship lives. Inside this rotating station is the refinery and farm that transforms space ore into soil, water, and air. What’s left over is metal used to fabricate new asteroid miners and ore barges. That’s what we do in space.

Later, as space industry matures, we make products used on earth. That’s part of saving the earth. The other part is controlling incoming objects from deep space in order to avoid their collision with our mother, dear earth.

For those seeking further answers, please see , and for a story of the gossamer wings, see, JP Aerospace.


Space Available – Rents in Orbit

The Space Development Equation, here in shortened form, is Cost of Spinship divided by number of habitats equals cost per habitat to be paid monthly as rent over the five to ten year payback period. After payback of initial capital expense, rents are controlled by market forces alone. Factors such as types of investors and initial and later tenant types are included in the completion of the Equation. I’ll let you know the outcome in my investor book arriving late in 2019, if I can do the math in that time. A detailed set of spinship plans and specs and stress analyses are required before the Equation can be presented. Chapter 8 in the current “The Space Trade Update,” explains the general plan for solving the Equation.


We need a Space Ferrycraft

A bunch of space companies are planning to service existing and future satellites (see, ). What they need is a dedicated vehicle that stays in orbit. Some call this an Orbital Transfer Vehicle (OTV). I call it a Space Ferry. Why have it? A ferry can visit dozens of satellites in a particular range of orbits. Yes, once in a while, a rocket or orbital airship (see, would need to service the ferrycraft. Yes, we need more than one ferrycraft. I love Space Ferries (or is it, Space Fairies? because I’m part Irish). The ulterior motive here is that ferry development can support asteroid mining. For miners or barges returning from drilling into Apollo asteroids in earth’s orbit around the sun, a ferry meeting them and taking the ore could spur economic interest in building a refinery in orbit, using a rotating station called a spinship. If you think this is spinship, political, scientific and financial, you are correct. We have a station in space, the ISS. Let’s get a permanent spaceship in orbit and start getting things done! I love it! – L Paul Turner,


Kindle – The Space Trade Update

Totally revised step-by-step investment guide to space development. Concisely written version of major portions of the first reference book, The Space Trade. The new edition, “The Space Trade Update” is available on Kindle/Select/Unlimited. How the first industrial society in space will be built. The ultimate job creator, the spinship (rotating space station) becomes the community to utilize space resources. The author used a tried and true real estate development technique and applied it to space dev. By noted author, L Paul Turner.

The Space Trade Update

Many advances are happening in space and aerospace rockets, airships, and in the concepts for a beginning space commerce. Spinships, giant rotating wheels with habitats inside the protective rim of the wheel, are envisioned by some as the next step toward permanent space life. With the new NASA directive to establish moon commerce, we will see the planning toward a station in moon orbit. I’ll have an updated book, and audio-book, out soon, titled “The Space Trade Update.” And, in early 2019, the new “Spaceships of the Space Trade,” to give extensive play to life in space. Life in Space is also a Facebook page, where updates also are posted.

Reference: The Space Trade

This book, “The Space Trade, How to Develop Real Estate in Orbit, Make $Billion$ and $Trillion$, and Save the Earth in the Current Age of Space,” is about to be upstaged by its progeny, “The Space Trade Update,” available on Amazon later this year (2018). However, the older, “The Space Trade,” has many endnotes that serve to expand the reader’s reach to the far corners of the aerospace realm. The most important portion of “The Space Trade Update,” is the investor guide section, which forms the vital marriage between space engineers and the investment community. By, L Paul TurnerĀ  Here’s the link to more about the book;