Article in press:
New Space journal's December 2017 issue features MATT's initial commercial and strategic aspects in:
|"A Station at the End of Musk's Railroad"|
The Mars Terraformer Transfer (MATT) has been designed to produce useful natural resources at a designated site on Mars in 2036. Resources include ground heat and atmospheric pressure for a persistent lake. This article sketches commercial aspects of the invention, wherein private firms operating at the terraformed site use the resources to accelerate exploration, settlement and commercial development of Mars. Resources and technologies are placed in context of business analogies from the era of the first transcontinental railroad. Particular industries and consortium structures are suggested. Emphasis is placed on those MATT innovations with potential to scale martian infrastructure and commerce well beyond the limits commonly assumed practicable in this generation. A rationale is presented for martian rare metal mining and a strategic metal reserve. Some encouraging aspects of the current regulatory environment and executive branch leadership are considered with respect to successful execution of the MATT invention and establishment of novel businesses on Mars in 2036.