H. Industries Phased Milestone Map
Initial Use Case: 0–10 Years / Advanced Use Case: 10–30 Years.
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- Initial Use Case: Interorbital Transport Services
- Intermediate Use Case: Asteroid Harness Capability
- Advanced Use Case: Asteroid Mining Services
- Initial Use Case: 0–10 Year Milestones
- Advanced Use Case: 10–30 Year Milestones
Many launch service companies around the world today are competing to drastically reduce the cost of reaching orbit with reusable rockets. What comes next after removing the barrier to orbital entry and what if we could deliver these components together?
Commercializing the opportunity that cheap orbital access gives then leads to transport between orbits & manufacturing in orbit. The potential to expand into an entirely new market is an opportunity identical to the construction of the rail network across colonial America. By offering an easy transport service between planetary orbits, H. Industries aims to become the railroad of the modern era. If shipping containers could land on Mars prior to astronaut arrival, what would 2040 look like?
Initial Use Case: Interorbital Transport Services
Removing the cost barrier to orbital entry is driving significant growth in the private space sector. Simultaneously removing the barrier to other planets orbits will build new markets, allowing businesses to outsource transport and focus on capitalising on early access to the next stage of human colonisation.
The first objective is to establish a terrestrial satellite swarm to test before moving satellites to a Martian orbit to build the first route. The size of the satellite swarm determines the freight capacity and maximum speed of the transport route. To become the railroad of the modern era, H. Industries will establish a network of routes between planetary orbits and deliver industry leading speeds & destinations.
By partnering with leading launch service providers, H. Industries will offer a seamless terrestrial lift-off to extraterrestrial orbit arrival for any customer and facilitate extraterrestrial touchdown solutions. Creation of a mass producible interorbital transport network will drastically reduce the cost of transport beyond our orbital sphere. Unlocking business feasibility by reducing transport costs will fuel further market growth and increase utilisation of the platform, a win-win outcome.
Expansion of the original terrestrial swarm’s size and increasing the number of operational swarms will deliver multiple transport routes and enable the next stage of service, a commercial asteroid harness.
Intermediate Use Case: Asteroid Harness Capability
By providing a platform to capture inbound iron-based (ferric) asteroids, H. Industries will enable asteroid mining businesses to focus on discovery and transfer of asteroids back to terrestrial orbit for processing. The harness will deposit the asteroid in an orbit of the customers choosing or dynamically reconfigure once the advanced goal state is realised, offering autonomous mining and manufacturing services.
In the same way that mining companies contract geological discoveries for processing, H. industries will encourage asteroid prospectors by providing end to end services to realise the wealth of every discovery. Enabling asteroid mining will solidify ongoing investment in the development of orbital manufacturing — a financial & environmental cost step change from terrestrial manufacturing and liftoff.
Advanced Use Case: Asteroid Mining Services
Offering asteroid mining as a service is H. Industries advanced goal. By enhancing the size of the terrestrial swarm and using the capability of the satellite unit design in an alternative induction mode, ferrous metals can be extracted.
Tunnel boring machines are operated as in-line factories, removing crushed rock from the cutting head and producing a cylindrical tunnel with a flat flooring behind the machine as it progresses. H. Industries will use the reconfigurable structure of its terrestrial swarm to mimic this functionality, using induction furnace principles & magnetic containment to process ferric asteroids into raw iron then use extrusion moulding to produce commercial structural components or customer specified designs. The value proposition of extraterrestrial manufacturing of construction materials and structures is inestimable, removal of the cost to launch for terrestrial construction materials will drive the next generation of space industry pioneers.
Initial Use Case: 0–10 Year Milestones
The following milestones detail the business delivery of H. industries Interorbital Transport Service, the initial use case. The more advanced use cases will be explored when H. Industries is a success.
● Phase 0. Business Initiation — No Funding: (-$55k) — 1 Staff
○ Promotional Media Release
○ Venture Funding Raised
● Phase 1. VC-A — Design Funding: ($3.0m) — 7+ Staff
○ Matlab Model Constructed
○ Concept Validated By Team
○ Drone Model Concept Demonstrated
○ Mk.1 Satellite Designed
○ Detailed Business Plan Approved.
● Phase 2. VC-B — Trial Funding: ($15m) — 12+ Staff
○ First Satellite Built
○ Force Model Validated
● Phase 3. VC-C — Scaling Funding: ($150m) — 17+ Staff
○ Ten Satellites Built
○ Orbital Testing Completed
● Phase 4. VC-D — Delivery Funding: ($1.5b) — 42+ Staff
○ Operational Earth-Mars Freight Route
○ Commence Customer Launches
● Phase 5. Business Operational
○ Debt Balanced
○ Business Franchised
○ Advanced Use Cases Evaluated
Advanced Use Case: 10–30 Year Milestones
● Secondary swarm launches — Multiswarm freight lane expansion.
● Asteroid harness capability — Unit count and power raised.
● Asteroid mining capability — In-line factory of swarms formed.
● Capture of a ferric asteroid — Self-destructing drone used to alter course.
● Production of iron beams in orbit — EM manipulation of heated liquid iron.
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