Space Explorer

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Cool design, IMO

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    1. Not nearly enough fuel. And if the radius is 100 M, you’d be at 3RPM to get 1G at the lowest level, and rather uncomfortable Gs at the higher levels (roughly 10% for each level). And the Coriolis forces would be unpleasant at that rate. 500 M, and you’re just under 1 RPM.

      I’m working out what it would take to create a space station as a tourist destination, with both temporary tourists and permanent workers. And what it would take to construct it. Your standard rotating wheel for gravity, two actually, counterrotating, and a large zero G area for the tourists to play in and watch the stars.

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      • True, you would need a counter-rotator, or the whole thing turns into a helicopter with no tail rotor. Not to mention that anytime you moved personnel or material around the inside, it would amount to a mass shift which, although seemingly insignificant, would affect the rotation cumulatively with every interior movement, requiring constant correction.
        Still, just problems to be solved –and it beats living in zero-G for so long that your bones turn into styrofoam.

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      • Also, don’t know if you’re assuming a hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine in regards to fuel. Could be deuterium, or mercury for ion engines.

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