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Aerial FarmsIn 1962 Buckminster Fuller proposed 1 mile diameter geodesic spheres lifted by hot air carrying 7000 people. He called these cities CLOUD NINE. 1976 NASA supported a series of studies detailing the requirements of a self-sufficient city on the moon and in space. I have combined these two areas of knowledge with a solar powered, hydrogen lifted geodesic sphere that supports a farm in the sky capable of producing enough food fiber and drugs for 100 people. 7.06 million of these buoyant systems produce abundant low-cost food for everyone on Earth. Food is delivered by automated drones to wherever its needed. Waste products are collected by a different fleet of drones to close the production cycle Remote controlled robots similar to those developed by Honda, the Asimo line, operate on each 'plot' providing useful employment for millions, no matter where they live.

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A 100 meter transparent diameter geodesic sphere enclosing a transparent lifting balloon 75 meters in diameter that uses hydrogen gas for life and for power, contains enough gas to provide 30 days of power at 2.5 MW rate. This sphere contains a lower half which grows via automated aeroponics, sufficient plants and animals to support 100 peoples needs for food, fiber and drugs. Thus, 70 million of these spheres provide for all the needs of everyone on Earth. Floating in the high troposphere above the weather, these systems are spread across the Earths surface separated by 3 kilometers. Self-replicating machinery builds 70 million of these systems within 26 weeks.

The flow diagram above is based on NASAs 1979 study of space colony self-sufficiency. This series of studies developed what later was to be called, the science of aeroponics, a lightweight version of hydroponics using vastly less water and other resources to produce significant quantities of material. The 2,654 pounds of food and fiber consumed by each person per year, along with an equal quantity of waste products produced by that person, is transported by a radial wing aircraft that uses the Coanda Effect. A version of this aircraft was developed in 1948 by the United States. A hydrogen powered version using updated materials and processes has been designed. This aircraft is capable of automated delivery of products to 20 people on a weekly schedule. A fleet of these vehicles is produced along with each aerial farm. In addition to the automated transport craft are three automated aircraft capable of carrying up to eight individuals each with up to 100 kilos of luggage is created for each 100 people to support a safe, reliable and efficient global transport system.

Taking the designs of modestly sized high quality homes built throughout New Zealand as representative of the sort of homes that are to be automatically constructed and served by the population of aerial farms described earlier. These images give us an idea of the living standard offered by the contemplated network of devices. The home shown here is built out of rock picked up and shaped on site. The wood is harvested from the same site. Glass is formed and shaped on site as well from local materials. Additionally, wool fabrics taken from local sheep and leathers from local cattle give an idea of what each a small area of Earth offers to us all provided we are clever enough to make use of it.

This is a more modern design for a number of cabins made exclusively from wood glass and tiles on made on site after 2000 for a bed and breakfast near a mountain lake on South Island New Zealand. Though fabrics and appliances are made in China here. The same logistics that support high levels of personal services at each cabin serves as a model for the automated system of aerial farms combined with terrestrial housing systems served and inter-connected by VTOL aircraft. A list of 32,000 consumer products taken from those products carried by retailers form the basis of products made by the aerial farm and factory system by totally automated means. Over 100 cabin styles are supported spanning the life styles and desires of a dozen cultures throughout the Earth. Created on demand slightly more than two billion housing units are created during the same six month period aerial farm construction takes place.