(50m somewhat livable -- astronauts only)
(100m livable -- astronauts and tourists)
(200m livable -- astronauts and tourists)
(250m livable -- astronauts and tourists)
(300m very livable -- astronauts and tourists)
Entangled Particles -- Theoretical
Frames and Trusses for armatures
3D-Printed Structures (Space Pod)
Plates for walls and floors
Trusses for armatures
Furniture -- Foldaway and retractable
Micro Meteorite Protection
Micro Meteorite Protection
Interior Cold/Heat Shielding
Exterior Cold/Heat Shielding
Solar and Cosmic Ray Shielding
Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) Shielding
Interior Clothing and Footwear
Bed spread, pillows, cushions
Oxygen soaking material
CO2 conversion into hydrogen and baking soda
Astronaut rations (microwavable)
Excess Algae growth
Evian (250 MT by heavy launch rockets)
Hand and Body Wipes (Alcohol laced)
Ceramic and carbon bathtubs for tourists
Plasma burner located at both ends of the receptacle
Pneumatic plumbing for garbage
Cotton/Bamboo/Paper garbage canisters
Printable RF-ID tags for garbage canisters
Upward access for garbage disposal conduit
Garbage Collection areas near the Plasma burners
Hydrogen Fuel Cells
- Thermo-electric Power Generator (Seebeck effect)
- Thermo-acoustic Power Generator
- Adiabatic (+150C to -200C) Convected Gas power Generator
Few or no control surfaces.
Flyweels/gyros are used in place of control surfaces.
Retro rockets -- fixed or on a swivel.
Series of parachutes on top of the upper flat surface as fail-safe.
Ultra wide fuselage -- essentially an air foil, wider than HTV-3X or BlackSwift.
All or most of the frame in titanium or carbon (10x stronger than steel).
Stripped down interior to reduce weight.
Non pressurized -- passengers wear their space suits.
Swivel seats for vertical re-entry.
Second generation have aerospikes for takeoff -- maybe in 40 yers.
Titanium Grade1 ($US25000/MT)
Titanium Alloy ($US8000/MT)
Titanium Grade5 ($US6000/MT)
High-Grade Ceramic ($US2000/MT)
High-Grade Poly-Amide ($US2500/MT)
Oxygen soaking material ($US10000/MT)
Carbon Tiles ($US50/Meter^2)
Carbon Fiber ($US10/Meter^2)
Boron Carbide ($US40/KG)
Aerogel tiles ($US10/Meter^2)
Alcohol Wipes ($US10/1000)
Cotton fiber ($US2000/MT)
Bamboo fiber ($US2000/MT)
Heavy launch rockets (15K/KG not feasible)
Skylon space plane (1K/KG feasible)
($100/Year base salary)
($200/Year base salary astronaut)
Optimistic, Half NASA's budget for a year (US$10B)
Realistic, All of NASA's budget for a year (US$20B)
Pessimistic, Twice NASA's budget for a year (US$40B)
Geodesic Titanium Frame
Assembly done using a By-the-number method.
3 to 5 meters wide (preferably 5 meters)
Hexagonal, Pentagonal, Triangular
Embedded Transponder (RF-ID)
Algae wall on the interior side
Vacuum seal with frame or other panel
Insulator foam for micro meteorite
Shaped magnetic field generator (optional)
Handles for grappling (allowing for a ladder around the sphere for EVA)
3D-printed poly-amide sphere
Coated with Kevlar or Linar
Aerogel cold/heat shielding
Carbon tiles for the exterior
4K-OLED (180-270 degree) screen instead of cockpit window
3D-Camera or multiple cameras for increased depth of field
Transparent aluminum casing for camera lenses
Manipulator arms plus tooling for Sphere assembly
Fly-by-Wire controls and automated pilot mode
Peroxide for propulsion, or better alternative.
Docking (2 to 4)
Entrance to stem cargo area (Optional)
Housing for Plasma burners.
One to three stories
Mostly water for cargo
Cargo JIT machinery using RF-ID.
Titanium housing for axle and docking.
40m to 240m in width
5/10m or 10/10m private quarters
Full width communal areas 25m in length (every 50m)
Panels for surface (Minus magnetic shielding and Algae wall)
Two electric engines for wheel rotation (4L Cayenne pulling Airbus-380, 300MT).
Future version may use maglev band around the sphere and a maglev base in the receptacle, instead of two electric engines.