Hello, my name is Richard Thieltges, and I am a writer and theorist in the area of space technology. This site contains some of my papers. Please feel free to copy and distribute them freely. I do of course want to reserve the right to publish them elsewhere in the future.
This is my paper on using maglev technology to insert freight into orbit. Magnetic mass drivers are by far the most well-researched and robust technology for accelerating mass to escape velocity.
This is the above idea in the form of a business proposal.
This is a Mars Rover Controller Stromatolite Identification training site. It makes use of my very large stromatolite collection from all over North America, and my classification work with it.
This is an architecture for a rapid robotic aerial survey of the Martian landscape using a nuclear thermal Mars airplane, with streaming of the data back to Earth and massive public participation in its analysis.
This is the above paper in a form to be submitted to Astrobiology Magazine
This is a paper about a long-term strategy for ensuring life continues in the universe by inserting a wide variety of soil, rock, and waterborne microorganisms and spores into inexpensive canisters, and fireing them directly out into space in all directions away from the sun, seeding the rest of the galaxy with life.