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Since a colony would have been settled from space, there is an interesting option of simply not having any surface based transportation infrastructure at all. The colony modules and supplies would have been dropped from orbit by the starship, and a system of shuttlecraft would be moving people and equipment to and from orbit to the ship overhead. The ...


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The other two answers have answered a lot already but I wanted to add a few things you might add to your consideration. Your cities will be build differently, especially infrastructural wise. Most, if not all, roads, rails and other large means of transport will be pushed underground. The city will exist from buildings and promenades. All access will be ...


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Andrew said almost all that needs to be said. That being said: The infrastructure on Earth has developed historically. The infrastructure on your colony will also develop historically, with the benefit of hindsight but starting with expedient decisions in a pioneer society. You will probably start with a few towns/cities. In the real world, aircraft are ...


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Any new colony on an earth-like planet will have all three - sea, air, and land. Sea On Earth, water-based shipping is slow but cheap. Natural ports and harbors allow for transportation across oceans and seas and along rivers with ease. Water is still necessary for human life, so settlements will still be built along rivers. As soon as there are ...


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What about a spring engine instead? There is a novel called The Windup Girl which is set in a post-peak-oil world where the world no longer has access to petrochemical products, no alternative power sources have been developed, and biological warfare between competing agricultural firms has left the vast majority of the planet unable to grow safe food crops....


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First of all, you would have large losses in the form of heat, resulting in the rubber warming up. That energy is lost, so your "rollercoaster" maneuver wouldn't take you very far. Then, as opposed to toy aircrafts where the propeller is largely oversized with respect to the plane and you don't care about any specific flight plan, real airplanes need to ...


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