The Brain Mapping Initiative is a space station in geostationary orbit dedicated as a research and client-based service assisting in efforts to map the human brain. My proposition is that space is large enough, and therefore, an appropriate global venue for a 3-dimensional, tangible, perceivable, and internationally conceived working model of the human brain to exist.
The basic principle of the human brain mapping initiative is for satellite constellations to map the geographic architecture and connectivity of the brain. Attached to the space station via space tether, the space station is the root of a network of small, micro-electric satellites, each representative of a single neuron within the brain, and responsible for communicating all data generated on the neuron back to earth.
The mechanism for the installation of the neural networks is for each client (a space tourist) to the space station to be responsible for the installation of neuron-satellites in space via a space pod - a pneumatic fuel-propelled vessel surrounding the periphery of the space station.
The structure is a dynamically updated representation of the brain’s neurological makeup, constantly updated and expanding according to the research findings of the neurological institution, as well as the functional MRI imaging scans constantly undergone by the clients and inhabitants of the space station.
Phase I: Installation by Think-Space Pod
A micro-electric ‘neuron’ satellite is installed by a client from his or her think-space pod via robotic arms and rocket propulsion.
Phase II: Tether Networks and Tether Meshes
Constellations of neuron-satellites are installed simultaneously. Instead of rigid tethers they are flexible to be easily networked with other bundles.
Phase III: Electrodynamic Tethers
Conductive tethers carry a current generating thrust or drag from a planetary magnetic field. Eventually these could be used to propel the station, reducing overall energy consumption.
As years progress into decades, the project will eventually host constellations of satellites representative of the neural connectivity of the brain’s functional lobes, and more generally the sum of research generated on the human brain.