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"TreeHouse Haven," the first hardcopy published article on KESTS, in 1990

TreeHouse Haven text, published in Meditation Magazine in Winter 1990 issue

The first hardcopy formally published article on the subject was published in the Winter 1990 edition of Meditation Magazine; and the text of the article was also put on the Genie Spaceport Library. It was an appeal to people who had the ability to meditate, to dream of better futures, to help with bringing forth this concept into reality; it also took advantage of the author's position as a staff member of the all-volunteer magazine. The text was originally made into GEnie Spaceport Library files of several revisions, and eventually was published as the Meditation Magazine article which is below. Images of the four pages of the magazine article follow after the text below.
Number: 1077 Name: TREEHAVEN3

Address: J.E.D.CLINE1 Date: 891225

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Refined popular magazine article on KESTS and space habitats.
Keywords: KESTS,habitats

Changing mankind's relationship with the planet Earth may be necessary for the long-term survival of both. Here is a recently-conceived, yet-to-be-developed technology that may offer a key to that survival. It could make possible a huge expansion of civilization, while also enabling the restoration of planetary ecology to a nearly pre-mankind, primal state. It will take courage, innovation, and love on a planetwide scale, to actualize it quickly enough to save a great many species from extinction.

Analogous to the process of building a treehouse, its key is a possible way to create incredibly high structures which are not limited by the strength of materials used to build them. The structures are supported by an enormous amount of kinetic energy circulating within them. These structures could then support and power a form of railroad which directly connects a point on the earth's surface with the unique orbit that rotates exactly at the same rate as the earth's surface, where our TV and phone satellites are now located. At this upper terminal of this railroad, we can build lush and spacious habitats very earthlike. There is room in this orbit for spacious homes, farms, and factories providing luxurious life for at least three times the present entire human population of the earth!

The scenario here is seemingly outrageous, but is it any more so than the thought of traveling around a spherical round world was to the flat-earth-consciousness contemporaries of Columbus? Is it any more fantastic than the thought of men walking on the moon was considered in 1960? Despite its outrageousness and fantastic appearance, it's tremendous potential for helping mankind's relationship with Earth's ecology makes it worthy of our consideration.

As a youth, it was fun building a treehouse: climbing the tree; friends helping each other haul the boards up into the tree; together figuring out how to place the boards among the tree limbs to build the treehouse. Once it was built, climbing up and looking down to the ground far below...experiencing a feeling of being in a safe haven, reaching instinctual roots in the mind. Remember the adventure? The feeling of accomplishing something worthwhile!

There is opportunity now for similar responsible creative adventure for all mankind. You are invited to participate. More than adventure, it appears to be a way of fulfilling our responsibility to both our planetary ecology and to our civilization.

Presently each week man's current population on the planet is piling up two million tons of garbage...putting it...somewhere; causing the extinction of one more of our fellow lifeforms on this planet; and depleting forty more square miles of cropland. Just as a nine-month pregnancy unborn child in the womb, mankind has just about outgrown Mother Earth's environ's ability to contain and nurture, absorbing the resulting wastes. The immense resources of sheer room, endless solar energy, and vast resources of raw materials on the moon and asteroids patiently await mankind to bring life to them, as they circle in our vast solar system

The treehouse urge...to build a high haven...has often played its notes on the song of mankind.Surely our more primitive ancestors found sheltering refuge among the high treetops, safe from the large predators that hungrily roamed the ground. And thousands of years ago the ancient Babylonians actually attempted to build a tower so high that it would enable man to enter "the heavens", at a site now known as E-temen-an-ki.

More recently in the 1960's the concept of building a tower so tall that it would extend upward so far that the centrifugal force of the rotating planet would hold it up, conceived by Artsutanov, a Russian. However, the necessary strength of construction materials for conventional construction of such a tower far exceeds the strength anything known. The trunk of the tree isn't strong enough to grow that tall.

Then in the mid "80's, extraordinary forms of Earth-to space transportation structures were conceived here in the USA. These structures would be supported by the kinetic energy of high-velocity mass circulating in a loop within them, instead of depending on mere strength of materials to support. Rod Hyde's concept was a fountain-like dynamic structure which would go straight upward, using a stream of magnetic discs shooting up through an airless tube, bouncing off of a weight at its top, returning back down the tube to the ground where it would be turned around and propelled upward again, endlessly. Some of the energy of the magnetic disk mass stream would be used to support the tube and lift elevators up the outside of the tube. Rod estimated that the tower would be able to lift the combined weight of every human being on earth, operating for just two weeks using the electric power that Los Angeles now uses.

Keith Loftstrom's concept used a continuous magnetic belt circulating in an arc from one ground point to another. The top of the arc would be above the Earth's atmosphere, and the two ground points might be on different continents.

Earle Smith continued development of the concept by proposing that Loftstrom's magnetic belt be placed to circulate around the whole planet, touching the Earth surface at the lower end of the loop, and the high end reaching the orbit far above the opposite side of the earth which rotate at exactly the same rate as does the earth surface beneath it.

This unique orbit is known as GEO (Geosynchronous Earth Orbit), or the Clarke Belt, named after Arthur C. Clarke, scientist and author of many books and movies such as "2001 A Space Oddessy". This orbit, 22,300 miles above the equator rotates exactly at the rate of the equator below it, so a satellite in this orbit will appear to be motionless to satellite antennas on the ground below. Here could be built a terminal for a railroad operating along the path proposed by Earle Smith.

Given a structure that connects the ground with this GEO orbit, carrying a railroad/elevator system capable of lifting every person on earth to GEO in two week's operating time, where would they go, once they got there? One possibility is to use a string of space habitats already designed in great detail, called "Island One", or "Stanford Torus", named after the college where the 1975 summer NASA workshop was held in which it was designed. In GEO orbit there is room for at least one and a half million of these space habitats, and each habitat provides life for 10,000 people. That means room for fifteen billion people!

This "StanfordTorus" NASA space habitat design for 10,00 people would have a community area of 80,000 square yards, and an agricultural area of 650,000 square yards. The shell uses 156,000 tons of aluminum, and 48,000 tons of glass, al of which originally was to have come from the moon. Inside of the habitat, resembling the inside of a gigantic bicycle inner tube a mile across, there are 1 million square yards o dry soil, with 22,000 tons of water in it, supporting a biomass of 5,000 tons of plants, 900 tons of animals, and 600 tons of people, in a nearly closed ecology.

Spaciousness in the residential areas is achieved by terracing the housing structures up the curved walls inside the rotating habitat. Landscaped lawns, trees and flowers would abound. The wheel-like space habitat rotates providing artificial gravity within it, and is divided up into 6 sections, 3 residential/light industry areas separated by 3 agricultural areas.

Current technological thinking has stopped short of combining these concepts. The linear-thinking mode of conventional science and technology has now to embrace holistic, whole-picture synthesis processes to advance further And that is where the envisioning mode of meditation can be effective Specifically, holistic picturing of the relationships of whole designs needs to be frequently applied in the creative-cognitive process, alternating and synchronizing with linear rational analysis.

Such a process was used to create the following scenario, while initially thinking about the need for economical mass transportation into space for true massive space colonization, so as to enable an ever-increasing human civilization while providing for the restoration of earth's ecosystem. Initially, analogous energy exchange relationships were focussed upon, then followed by the selection of corresponding physical forms necessary to implement them.

To build a treehouse haven, we must first have a suitable tree. We are going to have to grow the appropriate tree in this case, and the planting of the conceptual seeds is something you can help do right now, with your meditative envisioning as the concept grows in your mind, reading this Call this type of tree "KESTS", short for "Kinetic Energy Supported Transportation Structure" to help keep the basic principle in mind.

There are several basic forms of KESTS trees. One is like a flagpole, going straight up. One is like an arch, spanning one ground point across to another place on the ground. One is like an off-center circle around the earth, touching the earth at its lowest point, and touching GEO orbit at its highest point. Another is like a vine, writhing back and forth as it climbs, in response to the wind and other environs it finds as it goes up and carries payloads.

Just as a tree seedling, it first is energized by energy on the ground. Then when it is reaching high into the sky, above the atmosphere, it sprouts leaf-like solar power panels and other gatherers of solar energy so as to power its growth and life.

Eventually it will have a surplus of electrical energy, and that energy can travel back down the tree trunk, analogous to tree sap in the wintertime, to nourishingly supply abundant electrical power for people's needs on the earth surface.

The strength of this kind of tree is provided by the continuous circulation of an immense amount of kinetic energy within the tree trunk. In more technical terms, it takes the form of a continuous stream of magnetic mass flowing at extremely fast speeds within an airless tube, continuously circulating between ground and GEO. It is moving so fast that it is actually in orbit around the earth, as it moves within the airless tubing. This stream is the lifeblood of the tree.

Other magnetic fields around the airless tube appropriately do such things as adding energy to the structure by speeding up the mass stream, bending the stream direction, and transferring energy from the stream to support the tube and power the railroad/elevators that run along its length. These magnetic fields form the specific shape of the tree, and provide resistance to bending from wind and the weight of whatever runs up and down the tree.

When the trees are grown, we start building the treehouse haven. From the top of these KESTS trees, imagine people building the first of a series of very large, hollow wheel-like structures. Each wheel is over a mile in diameter. Inside it is about 600 feet wide, air filled, and lazily rotating just fast enough to feel much like earth's gravity. The hollow wheel is composed of metal and windows that allow in sunlight reflected of of mirrors outside. Up here, where there is no day/night, nor clouds, seven times the sunlight reaches crops as compared to those on planet's surface.

Divide the inside of each tube into six sections. Alternate sections are each occupied by an intensive farm a half-mile long and 600 feet wide, slightly curved as if in mountain valley. There corn, wheat, rice, vegetables and citrus trees grow splendidly in the endless sunlight. Ponds hold a fish farm its water irrigating the crops. Chickens, rabbits, and a few cattle also thrive there.

In between those agricultural sections there are the home and light industry areas. These suburb sections resemble half-mile long valleys with homes and landscaping up and down the valley sides complete with lawns, trees, birds, an playgrounds. Pumps supply flow of water as in small stream in the park areas, where perhaps Koi goldfish brightly swim.

With this string of habitats already started high above Earth's surface, from KESTS of many nations to GEO orbit,we reach out to get the majority of construction raw materials from the moon's surface. A modified KESTS circles around the moon, connecting the moon's farside with the balance point between earth and moon known as L-1, from where reaction engines move the materials to GEO. By then, robot habitat factories are doing the work of building the 1.5 million habitats, making room for fifteen billion people and the agriculture to support them.

Each nation has access to the habitat ring, first moving excess population there, then others as the standard of living there exceeds that on earthsurface. Each nation then restores its land to ecological balance.

Drawing to a close of our meditative envisioning process, declare mankind gaining sufficient responsibility and altruism to allow this new scenario to be an option. See the enormous new real estate it creates, being available to all at affordable prices, eventually attracting most of humanity to its high standard of living. See the treehouse haven dwellers then responsibly and lovingly restoring mother earth's planetary ecology to a thriving balance. And perhaps most of all, let this whole picture of advancing civilization and ecological restoration be achieved an populated by people who have learned to live in peaceful an constructive action, wisdom and meditation.

Now that you have the picture in mind, realize that as your creative envisioning energy aligns with this revolutionary proposal it is affecting the waves of the planetary social unconscious, bringing it one step closer to manifestation, more accessible to the thinkers who can physically develop the required technology. And from a future Now, from the manifested ideal you have helped create, look out into space feeling a greater connectedness with the universe. Feel the sense of accomplishment in building your treehouse haven. Finally, look out at the beautiful planet, Mother Earth, revitalized and healed, having proudly given birth to her offspring, Humanity.