Interview withPrincipal Founder & CEONeal S. Lachman

Interview with Neal S. Lachman, Principal Founder & CEO of Titans Space Industries - by Titans Legion Captain Marcus Beau (Part 2)

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Published: August 22, 2022
Since we launched the website a couple of weeks ago for previews of our upcoming projects, we received many probing questions from Titans Legion members and the public at large.

Instead of publishing an FAQ, we decided to publish an interview between Titans Legion Captain Marcus Beau and our founding CEO, Neal S. Lachman.

The interview will be published in four parts.

This interview is the second part and concerns the reality of TSI's orbital infrastructure, especially "Orbital Rings".

The first part was about TSI's positioning in a world of aerospace and space behemoths like NASA and SpaceX.

TSI is betting on some sci-fi orbital infrastructure, but are orbital rings really possible?

Yes, orbital rings are possible with todays technologies and materials. In fact, since orbital rings are the future of space travel, it wasn't a question of whether it can be built, but when it can be built. Today, it comes down to the business model and funding part, more than the engineering part. And we've got that covered.

Let me put it in context with some other sci-fi projects that are now seriously considered by governments and expert groups.

There is an International Space Elevator Consortium that consists of experts who believe in building a special kind of elevator all the way to geostationary orbit. That means they are proposing to build a structure that would extend 36,000 to 42,000 kilometers (22-26,000 miles) in space!

If they'd manage to build a geostationary space elevator, it would be an awesome alternative to rocket launches. But there is no material with the tensile strength to make that a reality.

Then there are government projects. The UK government is thinking of Space Based Solar Power (SBSP) systems, also in geostationary orbit to collect solar power and beaming it (thus wirelessly) to a fixed point on Earth.

They state about SBSP that, “Recent technology and conceptual advances have made the concept worthy of consideration by the UK.”

All that is nice and well, but our OrbitalLoop system is a more efficient, much safer, and more powerful alternative to all other existing proposals.

We will build space elevators, but only 100 kilometers (62 miles) tall, not 40,000 kilometers, and connect them to the OrbitalLoop.

We will build terawatts worth of clean energy farms, but on our OrbitalLoop systems, not 40,000 kilometers away in space.

As such, while our solutions seem like sci-fi to the uninformed person, they are rooted in more realistic terms than other projects proposed by others, and realizable within the next ten to fifteen years.

As I've explained in one of the previous questions, there’s a method behind the madness.

We aren’t just space enthusiasts, we are pragmatic planners. I am known to be a number-crunching asshole who analyzes things to death before getting excited about something. I love sci-fi, but we’re not going to risk our careers and money over something fictional or a far-away dream.

People much smarter than I have already determined that orbital rings and spaceplanes can be a reality. What is different today is that we make everything as practical and multi-functional as possible, and we build a real business model for them. There are multiple ways to fund our projects.

We have numerous unique revenue streams that will generate hundreds of billions of dollars annually by 2035; from space tourism to solar and wind energy on the orbital rings and vertical structures, as well as industrial scale lunar mining.

Meanwhile, we’re starting with several revenue streams, including stratosphere tours and space diving (2024), Satellite Broadband (2024/2025), and a space hotel (2027) for our Titans Astronauts and third parties, making things less complicated for us in the beginning, yet highly profitable.

We re-invest ~90% of our profits in ongoing projects so that we don’t need external capital.

The industry term is "orbital rings", but we call them OrbitalLoop systems. We didn’t invent the system, and we didn’t think of it first. In fact, it was Nikola Tesla who imagined it first. Dr. Paul Birch worked it out and published several papers on it, and many others since have devised plans for orbital rings in one way or form.

Coming from an infrastructure background, I must say that there is nothing better than an orbital ring. It's multi-functional, multi-purpose, and the safest and most efficient way of doing many things, from space launches to city-to-city transportation, from cargo shipping to telecom infrastructure, from clean energy to space hotels. The opportunities are seemingly endless.

We've considered vacuum tunnels like the Lofstrom Loop or the Hyperloop. We even thought of a vertical vacuum tube parallel to our 100 km space elevator, but the problem remains that really long vacuum tubes are quite impossible to achieve in Earth's atmosphere.

Most people in transportation today are aware of the amazing Hyperloop promises, but multi-kilometer vacuum tunnels are huge disasters in the making, if they can ever be built at all.

Experts like ThunderF00t, and analysts like Common Sense Skeptic and Adam Something on YouTube have debunked most of the Hyperloop promises.

But as you can guess, an OrbitalLoop system doesn’t need vacuum tunnels because it already operates in the vacuum of space. There is no need for a vacuum tunnel, even though our OrbitalLoop concept art show a tunnel-like structure.

And as explained in my letter, we don't have to deal with soul-crushing right-of-way issues. We're stationed in space, far above any nation's territorial or aerial claims.

Also, the Hyperloop would never be built across the oceans – that’s just impossible for the next few hundred years, if ever. The OrbitalLoop, however, goes through the skies (through space really), with people and cargo transported in pressurized pods (remember, your airplane is also pressurized), across the OrbitalLoop and up and down the Space Elevator at many partner cities all over the world.

Travel times of ten to fifteen hours can be minimized to one or two hours; shipping cargo that takes three weeks and hundreds of thousands of dollars today will be done within a few hours at a fraction of the cost, and with clean energy.

And most importantly, there are at least two direct ways OrbitalLoop systems will contribute to helping save planet Earth.

The first is that we will build terawatts of solar power systems across our orbital infrastructure. That will be huge amounts of clean energy that we can beam back to partner cities all over the world.

The second is that the OrbitalLoop system is also our space launch system. We can safely accelerate people in special spaceships to reach the Moon in approximately three days. We’ll provide passengers with pressure suits. We can accelerate at even higher g’s if it’s only cargo.

This makes building a lunar colony much easier, cheaper, and safer. Transportation of people and cargo to and from the Moon through OrbitalLoop systems, including 100-kilometer tall space elevators, will bring about the industrialization of the Moon, which will help lessen Earth’s burdens.

Another is about Earth safety and defense. If we can agree on terms with global organizations like NATO, we could let them build asteroid detection and defense systems on the OrbitalLoop systems, but that’s an entirely different conversation.

That would be the aerospace industry, obviously.

There is so much talent out there, so many innovative startups, so many established expert organizations. We can’t disclose much due to NDAs that we requested. Suffice to say that we are currently primarily focused on Asian partners, and our own hub will be near a spaceport in South America, and/or on a huge floating self-governed island in international waters.

We will not disclose too many details, but all potential partners are welcome to approach us through our website www.titanssi.com, which is already available for preview.

When will the first OrbitalLoop be completed?

The first OrbitalLoop system will be built in phases, and the other systems will also be built in phases, sometimes overlapping in terms of timing.

We’re taking the entire year of 2023 for the preparational work, looking for the best solutions, the best designs, the best materials and technologies, from MagLev tech to pods (which we call COMETs) to building material. Basically the final R&D prior to starting construction of the OrbitalLoop.

From 2024 onward, we’ll start building and testing a few forms of pre-fab modules, and from 2025 onward we’ll start real manufacturing of those modules in large quantities. Hopefully from 2027 onward, we’ll be able to start on-orbit construction of the first part of the OrbitalLoop, which will be situated right above our first Space Elevator, nearby our floating island in international waters.

End of Part 2
If your interest is piqued you can read Neal's analysis.