You know, space is great. Not much fun to live in at this point in time, unless you really like sharing a two-room apartment with a dozen people for months at a stretch. You can't even go outside and get a breath of fresh air. There isn't any.
Remember, though, humanity continues through watersheds. At one time, more people lived by hunting than by farming. Once, more farmed than lived in cities. Once, more information was stored in people's minds than in books or information-retrieval systems. Human society continues to evolve at a dizzying pace, though our physique and instincts remain largely unchanged. One day, more of us will live off Earth than live on it, assuming that we have the sense to keep our options open.
This page is dedicated to the people, places and projects that are keeping our options open. Another such links-page, and a most excellent one, is maintained by LaunchSpace.
See also Space.Com.
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SimulatorsRotary Rocket Page for more inormation on a fairly-unique design concept, the Roton. It takes off like a rocket, and lands like a helicopter.
Eventually, we at EarthOps hope that the vast majority of industry can be moved off-planet, not only permitting the ecology to regenerate, but also permitting us to develop to full advantage technologies which can be used only in microgravity environments. Here are some interesting technologies enabling space manufacture.