Interplanetary commerce

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Interplanetary commerce offers unique benefits and challenges compared to inter-settlement commerce and intra-settlement commerce. For the purpose of this article, interplanetary commerce includes moons like Luna and dwarf planets like Ceres.


Interplanetary commerce allows for the introduction of ideas, goods, and resources that may be unavailable or prohibitively expensive from a native source.


Cost of Transportation

The cost to transport an item will be many times the cost of the item itself. At least initially, only the most vital goods will be shipped. Non-physical things, such as information, incur only the cost of a radio link.


Distances between the planets an Luna are always changing, requiring precise calculations for accurate transport.


Mercury-Mars Trade

Mercury has similar gravity to Mars, so engeneering solutions developed on Mars may be applicable to Mercurial outposts.

Venus-Mars Trade

Trade between Venus and Mars is unlikely in the forseable future. Commerce will likely be restricted to information and some vital goods.

Earth-Mars Trade

Main article: Earth-Mars Trade

Earth-Mars trade will be the first type of interplanetary commerce established by Martian settlements.

Luna-Mars Trade

Main article: Luna-Mars Trade

Trade with Earth's moon could involve selling resources such as carbon, nitrogen, and other volatiles which are in short supply on Luna. The cost of transport from Mars is potentially less than from Earth.

Ceres-Mars Trade

Ceres is a dwarf planet and the largest object in the asteroid belt. It is a possible location for a human outpost. It is a possible hub for asteroid mining efforts. Ceres is thought to have significant amounts of volatiles. The escape velocity of both Mars and Ceres are favorable. Commerce between Ceres and Mars may involve information, resources, and martian manufactured goods.

Jovian Moon-Mars Trade

By the time the Jovian Moons are settled, Mars will probably be well developed, and in a prime position to supply the Jovian colonies with technology and manufactured goods.

See Also

Lunarpedia Business Ideaslunarp Many of these ideas also apply to a martian settlement.