What if the Martian Happened on Venus?

Storms

Food Shortage

Travel

  1. Satellites similar to GPS satellites are left in Venus orbit to keep track of locations of existing equipment or broadcast current position.
  2. Dropped modules attempt to maintain a pre-agreed upon fixed travel trajectory on Venus. They could maintain positions using a combination of star cameras, observing the sun, known features on the Venus surface using e.g. radar or lasers.
  1. The habitat itself is like a large airship which could be moved to the destination. However doing so could potentially require more time or energy than he has available.
  2. Helicopters, quadcopter, airplanes or mini-Zeppelins are all possible choices for travel.
  3. The strong Venus winds blow in different directions depending on what layer you are in. So by simply changing altitude you can move in different directions. Hence you can potentially get to a desired location simply by using well timed altitude changes.

Hab Airlock Tearing

  1. Pressure increases, threatening the structural integrity of the habitat.
  2. Increase in sulfuric acid concentrations, which could corrode and damage exterior of habitat.
  3. Need for more lifting gas. A leak could cause loss of too much lifting gas, which can not be easily replenished. This could require some chemistry to figure out replacements. NH₃ normally used as fertilizer could be used as lifting gas. Hydrogen and Nitrogen would also work. Even Oxygen to some limited extent.

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Geek dad, living in Oslo, Norway with passion for UX, Julia programming, science, teaching, reading and writing.

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