"Moon Gate" start of an idea for a shared writing universe.

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"Moon Gate" start of an idea for a shared writing universe.

Post by hmelton on Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:48 pm

Another shared universe not quite as far along as "Superman Unbound" or "Voyages End", but I'd thought I'd post what I had and see what ideas board members have about it.

Currently it will probably be of most interest to engineers.

Hpackrat inspired this idea, and below is the start of the idea for a "Moon Gate", for another shared writing universe.


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what if Earth's second Star Gate was on the Moon and had been buried in the center of a the ancient crater that marked the former location of a huge moon base run by the ancients.

The Moon's Star Gate survived the asteroid strike that destroyed the base and was covered and blocked by molten rock from the ancient's base destruction and remained blocked until sometime in the year 1178 when a second relatively minor meteor strike happened to hit the location it was buried. This second impact formed a one kilometer diameter crater that also cleared and “propped” the Moon's Star Gate up enough for it to function.

The moon's Star Gate sets unused until 1994 when a couple of days after Daniel's ideas lead to the discovery of Abydos a Tech is talking with another about Daniel's discover and Idly types in Earth's own Star Gate address, with Earth as the point of origin and hit's enter.

The dialing computer was supposed to be off line at the moment for maintenance, but has mistakenly been left connected and the address was dialed. Instead of ignoring it's own address or giving a busy signal the gate links up with another star gate and forms a stable wormhole.


October 31, 1994
A wheeled probe is sent through and a badly tipped star gate supported by boulders has barely enough room for the badly rattled, but still upright probe to crawl out of the event horizon pit and exit between the five boulders that are holding the Star Gate six feet above the unknown surface. The probe quickly reveals the gate is in an airless environment. A second probe with a small telescopic TV camera that the probe is within earth's solar system and a gravity test reveals the planet has roughly the same gravity field as Earth's Moon.

The discovery of a second gate possibly on Earth's Moon is pushed to the side as the teams exploring Abydos start reporting back and the shock of their discoveries focuses all attention on Abydos.

The Star Gate is believed to be on the moon almost certainly somewhere on the far side of the moon, but this simply can't compete with a living world with humans.

The Moon gates exact location won't be determined until several months later, after the event on Abydos appears to forever close access to that address.


November 20, 1994
After the Abydos star gate was officially marked "destroyed" in Jack O'neil's 1994 after action report the star gate project is nearly shutdown, but the second valid if barely operational gate address now proves enough of a lure that it keeps a tiny minority of high level Air force Generals and a couple of senators interested in the program.

These few Generals and two senators don't have enough power to keep the program operational by themselves, but they approach and manage to gain the interest of several high ranking Army Generals and a couple of high level Admirals in the Navy. This new group manages to gain the interest of several other mid level politicians including the current vice president and a “Moon Gate” program is started operating on less than a third of the previous Star Gate budget.


January 1, 1995
The Star Gate is moved from the Missile silo deep within the mountain to a staging area alcove tunnel near the main entrance tunnel to allow easy access and transport of the larger machines and equipment modified to be used on the moon's airless surface.

The new program officially takes charge of the star gate. The new moon gate project is still based out of the mountain, but is now being operated with advice from the original researchers and mostly cast off modified equipment provided by NASA, the Army, Air Force, Navy and the help of many volunteer retired NASA “moon shot” scientist. They spend most of January using several probes to survey around the tipped over star gate and then all of the next month and part of March slowly designing and accumulating enough equipment on the moon to allow two volunteers to hopefully go through and be able to jack the star gate into a more useful position.


March 11, 1995
In March 1995 the first two space suited volunteers fall onto supplies and a set of mattresses dropped through the gate. Once the gate shuts down and they lever themselves upright and take their first look around the moon and the accumulated equipment carted out of the event horizon pit and between the boulders holding it a few feet off the lunar surface. The equipment had been dragged a safe distance from the gate by relatively crude carts dropped through the moon gate and powered by slightly modified lawn mower engines that are “breathing off of bottles of compressed oxygen and burning fuel from sealed tanks and venting the exhaust directly into the Lunar environment.

The two volunteers use the equipment around them to manually jack the gate into a better position for gate travel and after about six hours of work they have the gate angled up enough to allow a specially designed heavily ballasted and armoured remote controlled vehicle to drive through. The two Astronauts link up heavy hydraulic hoist arms to each side of the gate and then start guiding the vehicle via remote control. This is followed by better positioning the vehicle and then extending several anchors that are drilled into the lunar soil and only then does the hoist start to tilt the gate into the correct position for the flat hydraulic ramp that is the top of the vehicle.

Once the gate is raised and the “lock” removed the ramp is positioned and every thing is checked. The next activation attempt of the gate is successful and followed by a radio check that results in a heavily modified M113 armored personnel carrier coming through.

It's crew compartment and engine compartment have been sealed and it's tracks and all other joint's and exposed bearings modified to use vacuum rated lubricants. The M113's single space suited occupant drives the vehicle through the gate and over the extended ramp and quickly makes her way to the backside of the Moon Gate. Once positioned there under the direction of the first two space suited astronauts it extends two telescoping jacks and two telescoping arms that carefully clamp themselves to the moon gate increasing it's stability.  Once the gate is stable two additional modified M113's are driven to the Moon, both are equipped with a push blade and small backhoe and towing a smaller trailer. A third vehicle also follow them onto the moon, but is based on a RV frame that has been rebuilt specifically for the moon and star gate. The tightly folded and packed cylinder shaped vehicle's small diesel engine can barely move at 15 kilometers an hour, but once positioned and it's jacks driven into the lunar soil it quickly expands to five times it's collapsed size via balloon inflation and folding hinged solar panels, radiators and walls.

All modified M113's were sealed with small rear airlocks for entering and exiting, but surprisingly are powered by their standard internal combustion engines sealed and “breathing” from easily exchanged external bottles of compressed air to mix with the fuel and venting the exhaust to the lunar environment.  The trailers they pull through and quickly leave near the unfolding base RV each have a small atomic reactor and a pair of large fold out solar panels and extra tanks of air and fuel.

The M113's all have several small solar panels and four additional flip up oversized radiators mounted on the sides and top with the engine's coolant cycled through them. This proves not to be enough cooling for the two soil moving blade equipped versions even during the lunar night and both of these M113's are forced to operate only at night or in the shadows and are even then limited to 60 minutes operation followed by a 3 hour cool down.

The construction is delayed two days as an additional “moon worthy” modified M113 is given several extra radiators and an ability to carry external tanks coupled to a venting system to allow longer periods of operation or a quicker cool down by direct venting or exchange of coolant.

The three M113's and the now seven pioneer lunar astronauts are followed a day later by another M113 mounting only a forward blade and towing a thirty meter heavily armoured tube only slightly smaller than the gate. The Tube has no wheels just a front mounted angled skid plate that allows it to be quickly dragged through the gate and into a prepared trench. Once it's positioned in the trench several hydraulic jacks or legs extend out leveling the tub and anchoring it into the trench to allow the M113's to quickly cover it leaving only it's two end airlocks exposed.  The more mobile and fragile surface facilities are moved and air locked to the lunar colonies new bunker or storm cellar.

March 15, 1995
On the fourth day the two astronomers in the now fifteen man Moon Base finally determine the Star Gate's position on the moon as being at the lowest point in the largest crater on the Moon, which also has the distinction of being one of the largest known craters in the Solar System. It is known to humanity as the South Pole-Aitken basin.  

This impact crater is located on the moon's far side, between the South Pole and equator, and is some 2,240 km in diameter and 13 km in depth. The Moon's Star Gate is located at the very lowest point in a small roughly one kilometer diameter crater created in the 1178 strike.


APRIL 1, 1995
Like Earth's Star Gate the moon gate has no dialing device and it was this date before enough standard 12V Lead acid batteries are accumulated on the moon for the star gate to be safely activated for an outgoing worm hole. The first call back to earth only had enough reserves to keep the gate open for 3 minutes, but it allowed several people to return to earth along with several tons of samples.

Power for outgoing connections will be a real issue for the next few months especially during the lunar night as the initial battery bank needs over five days to recharge off of the several small solid state nuclear reactors. During the Lunar day the ever growing numbers of solar panels quickly reach a level that easily allows a daily 15 minute “window” for an outgoing dial to Earth.

Even before samples can be sent back to Earth the small mineral/mining survey team is going wild. Having arrived in their own tubular RV sized solar electric vehicle they have driven it only a hundred meter before setting up and sampling the surrounding terrain. What they are finding in these samples even running simple test has greatly excited them.

These samples taken directly from the surface rubble or drilled out of the lunar crust contain the expected large amounts of Iron, Copper and Nickel, but the deeper cores or larger boulders also contain unprecedented concentrations of ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium, Platinum, Titanium, Vanadium, Chromium, niobium and many rare Earth elements.


July 4, 1995
On this date two modified SLBM's are “driven to the Moon” in a trailer transport/launch tube pulled by a moon modified truck and used to place seven sensor/communication satellites into low lunar orbits that gives the Moon Base an intermittent and due to security concerns a mostly one way radio link to Earth.

By late July the Moon Gate is in the center of a tiny, but fast growing largely ad hoc surface mining complex making bulk shipments of ore “samples” back to Earth for processing out the high concentrations of very valuble mineral. There are now ten buried 30 meter armoured tubes most are connected by inflatable sections set in trenches and each is serving a different purpose including one with an end airlock big enough to accommodate one of the Ten modified M113s or most of the nearly forty other armoured lunar vehicles. These armoured tubes are currently being constructed and buried on the moon at the rate of roughly one per month.

With power still being a problem during the Lunar night the decision is made to start mass producing a simple solid state atomic power unit using the so called spent power rods stored at most of America's nuclear power plants. Several solid state Designs are tried, but a very simple 300 pound ceramic, steel and concrete encased thermal couple version with a large radiator fin is settled on. This design wins out because it's power levels and positioning is very compatible with the solar arrays spreading out from the Lunar base and mines.  Each atomic power unit will initially produce a constant 60 watts of power that will slowly decreases over the decades.

Later in the month a heavily modified fire truck is driven to the moon where it quickly speeds up many daylight lunar operations. It's ladder and host area has been turned into large wide vertically extendable heat radiator covered with solar panels and thermal couples and connected to tanks Converted to holding the same coolant used for the lunar modified M113's. This coolant/power truck was quickly dubbed simply the “fire truck” and becomes the equivalent of a lunar oasis during the lunar day. It is a source of coolant exchange for the M113's and other vehicles using sealed internal combustion engines and a charging station for the increasing number of battery powered vehicles and equipment.

It's crews and the crews it is following for servicing quickly realize that carefully positioning of the “fire truck” and it's three story extended vertical radiator also gives them a shaded area for much of the lunar morning and evening creating a handy cool down zone that doesn't directly pull on the fire trucks resources. Later version of the “fire truck” will use electric motors with the addition of two of the standard atomic reactors added to increase it's usefulness as a mobile power station during the lunar night.


December 5, 1995
Currently the moon base consist of twenty buried armoured tubes and a dozen mobile solar electric “RV's” and several mostly now immobile inflatable surface facilities set up near the buried tubes. Power is still an issue, but cooling for the M113's is less of an issue at least near the star gate. A large surface tank filled with coolant and shaded with solar panels and connected to an extensive cooling farm of radiators is set up near the star gate greatly supplements the “fire truck” coolant vehicle.  Having this immediate cool down oasis and an oasis at the current work site has allowed operations during the lunar day to nearly triple the effectiveness of the M113's and other vehicles working on the Lunar surface.

By late December of 1995 the moon gate base finally has enough atomic power generation capability to open the star gate to Earth for thirty minutes every 24 hours during the Lunar day and every 60 hours during the Lunar night.  Also both the Earth and Moon gates are now mounted on "tilts" that lets a large amount of lunar rubble be quickly dumped through. There are just over 200 pioneers living and working on the moon most are contractors associated with the rubble mining, but both the army and navy have a significant number of carefully selected science and enlisted personnel training and testing modified Army and Navy equipment for a future in space.


March 11, 1996
The Army sends up it's first moon gun a triple length smooth bore 16 inch cannon is fully assembled and test fired placing the first of what will become a large network of small sensor and laser relay satellites in low lunar orbit giving the far side base a constant two way laser link with the moon. The communication link is achieved when NASA starts a Laser Communication study program that uses several observatories world wide to constantly fire a modulated infrared laser at the 1970's reflectors and then study the return signal quality. Actually the lasers are aimed no where near the 1970's reflectors instead one of the orbiting lunar satellites responds with the return signal now modulated with encoded noise giving the moon base the

Further experiments with different ammunition proves the 16 inch gun can fire rounds that will enter Earth's atmosphere or be able to threaten any orbital object within the Earth/Moon gravity well.


April 1, 1996
Several highly placed admirals see the army's lunar super gun mentioned in a classified report suggesting it as a means to quickly put a cloud of SDI satellites into LEO, in the event America was threatened by another nation with ballistic missile capability. The admiral at first believes it is an April fool's joke, but is shocked when the physics of exceeding lunar escape velocity is explained. In a private meeting with several air force generals he advocates the air force and Navy directing funds toward updating the Orion Rocket concept and building at least one such space ship on the moon. He is initially unsuccessful, but soon leads a growing group of highly placed Air Force, Navy, NASA and even Army personnel pushing for at least one cruiser sized Orion spaceship to be assembled and launched from the moon.  


April 10, 1996
A suitable location is found on the small crater's wall and a 3.5 meter shielded hard rock boring machine is placed in a carefully designed double length armoured tube and dragged to the moon, once free of the star gate this tube is dragged just over half a kilometer across the lunar surface and has it's specially designed concrete plug pushed into clift face of the moon gate's 1178 one kilometer crater rim. Once locked in place and covered with a deep layer of lunar dust an addition ten standard sized tubes are pulled and attached to the double length tube containing the boring machine, these extra tubes contain a heavy duty atomic reactor needed to supplement the existing low density solar and solid state atomics power source to the point the tunneling machine could be operated nearly constantly during the lunar day and for roughly 4 hours in every 16 hours during the lunar night.

April 15, 1996
The drilling machine is started just after midnight Eastern Standard Time and drills through it's concrete plug and into the Lunar rook two hours later. A pressure seal is maintained through the transition and the special pulsed dust/rock lock works well at ejecting the lunar dust and chunks of rock with little loss of pressure. Initial plans were to dump what materials were accumulated from the tunneling in the many small craters smoothing the area, but most of the material was assessed to be of such significant value that it was instead carted to the star gate and dropped on Earth.  The material was of such value that the drilling machine would pay for itself within twelve months including the nearly twice as high maintenance cost.
 

May 10, 1996
The first experimental solar mirror focus Vacuum smelter is put into operation and starts processing the lunar ore to concentrate the heavy metals and purify the nickel iron of lighter elements before shipping to Earth. NASA starts testing a light pressure suit built to specification the U. S. Navy thinks it would need for working in a space ship.  The Navy and Army are each paying 40% of the cost.



May 30, 1996
The first experimental solar mirror focus smelter is considered a success and is followed by a dozen slightly improved modified Smelters. It will be over a year before changes are made to collect the released gases and separate out the more useful components of that gas.


August 18, 1996
By mid month the lunar base is often breaking even during the Lunar day paying for it's operation out of the high quality high purity nickel iron and concentrated rare earths and other metals smelted on the moon and shipped to Earth. There are






February 1997(TV series begins)
In Early February 1997 Earth's Star Gate is activated by unknown near human aliens that catch Earth's Star Gate base during it's sleep period and use the surprise and unknown energy weapons to badly damage the equipment around the Star Gate, killing eight and taking a single female prisoner from the base's night crew.

The Mountain's security in spite of the extreme surprise of the alien attack manages to quickly rally and counter attack driving the heavily armed and armoured aliens back to the Star Gate forcing them to abandon five badly shot up Jaffa warriors at the Star Gate. Two Gou'ald attempt to leave their Jaffa host, but are killed before they can enter a human.

There is an almost immediate attempt to dial back, but a security guard known for loving science fiction sees what is happening and manages to push a large ore cart, originally being moved to provide cover into the gate before the dialing cycle can complete aborting the worm hole formation.

Worried about what might come through General Hammond orders the gate to be blocked all times except when the Moon base has signaled from the backside of the moon via radio.

In the next four days there are sixteen further attempts to dial the gate at random times and all earth/moon Star Gate travel is badly disrupted for the next month until a security code system can be set up and iris covers are designed and built for first Earth's and the moon's Star Gate.

The Jaffa warrior, the dead Gou'ald and their equipment are put into a joint air force, army, Navy research program.

I'd assume that since the air force were responsible for the original mission to Abydos an air force team consisting of O'neal and others is sent to Abydos to fix the problem.

I also feel fairly confident in spite of the large profitable moon base, that the first few episodes of SG1 would go almost unchanged, so Teal'c would join SG-1, but it shouldn't take long for the butterflies to set in say 3 or 4 months.



Febuary 1997 WHAT HAPPENS NOW?




For Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Pole-Aitken_basin

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