The intent here is to identify all potential risks with solutions.
In transit risks...
- Radiation: The docking chambers will be lined with consumables (food and water) waste (solid and liquid) and the best light mass radiation shielding we come up with.
- Gravity: They will survive 8 months and recover once on mars. They will exercise enroute.
- Linking: If they don't for any reason, they still have no delay local communications and can reach mars safely.
- Landing: A standard lander, tested before any humans use them and limited to just two crew per landing spreads the risk.
Martian colony risks...
- Failure of resupply.
- Do not depend on it. Life support is essential so the colonists musts be able to provide this for themselves.
- Non essential items are just that. No sense obsessing. They will build up capabilities in time. As long as they have the power to create more power they should be fine.
- Awareness is the primary mitigation.
- Don't create bogymen. We go, we find out, we fix.
- Dust storms.
- Do not rely on solar panels.
- Over abundance of energy sources and storage.
- Methane engine power generators.
- Environmental controls failures.
- Do not put eggs in one basket.
- Each habitat designed to fail gracefully with time to fix.
- Toxic soil.
- Stay predominantly in shirtsleeve environment.
- Many large malls and mansions.
- Too much/too little X.
- Adjust X. Humans do that where robots can't. This is the problem with simulations.
- We need...
- This is called opportunity in a free enterprise society.
- Your turn...
- It's important to identify as many risks as we can before we go. I will add them here as I come across them.
To be continued...