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Geoffrey Landis certainly seemed to think that floating habitats in Venus' atmosphere were possible... if you've not already done so, have a read of Colonization of Venus (only 6 pages!) for a brief summary of his thoughts on the matter. Venusian clouds have sulphuric acid and more than 96 % Carbon dioxide. Does this ensures a constant supply of oxygen, ...


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A habitat floating in the atmosphere of Venus is certainly an interesting concept and does have a lot going for it, but it also has problems. hydrogen and water would be in short supply as there is not that much in the atmosphere. A Venus flyer would also be blown on high speed winds around the planet which would make rendezvous with supply ships a bit ...


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Let me approach your statement from the comments: with regards for surface mining, it wouldn't be impossible to design mining drones that work on the surface. No. Currently, any continued operation would require continuous use of large amounts of consumables - say, evaporating water - to sustain cooling of such a drone. Sustained operation is outright ...


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As it is closer to the sun, it receives 4 to 5 times the sunlight In the "Earthlike" regions of the atmosphere, Venus gets only a fraction of the sunlight available in orbit due to clouds and haze. Worse, you must construct every square meter of real estate you want to place solar panels on, you can't just lay them out in a handy open area. Also, ...


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