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Advanced Concept


The NewSpace Orbiting Inflatable Hotel

De-Spun Platform


The De-Spun Platform

The De-Spun Platform at the very center of the station is stationary with respect to the Sun. This allows the X-axis rotation of the Solar Arrays to track the Sun's relative altitude and remain perpendicular to its rays as the station circles the Earth.

The two Hubs that sandwich the De-Spun Platform in the +Z and -Z directions form the base for the ten Suite Towers and the bearing upon which the inflatable Hydroponics and Sports modules rotate. The hubs counter-rotate in relation to each other in order to provide an ever-changing direction in which to view Earth and the Universe, to properly manage heat buildup and to provide additional stability. The rotation rate is slow enough so as to not induce motion sickness; more on the order of a minute hand than a gyroscope. The five "small" cylindrical sections that form the base of each Suite Tower that extend outward in both directions from these are the diameter of Shuttle External Tanks.

The De-Spun term is relative. In actuality, all of the station's sections are rotating, depending upon your frame of reference.

Next: Solar Arrays
Rendezvous Final Approach The Suite Towers The View Toward the Stars The Observation Loop to View the Station, Earth & the Stars The Observation Loop to View the Station, Earth & the Stars The Observation Loop to View the Station, Earth & the Stars The View Toward Earth - Looking down onto the StarSuite at the Top of Level 5 The EarthView Observation Restarurant - Watch Earth Glide by Below Your Feet The Suite - Entry The Sleeping Cozy The Second Cozy The Alternate Cozy The Cinema Cozy The Sky Chairs Central Hubs & Hydroponics Sports Arenas RollerRing Lanes 1 + 2 RollerRing Lane 3 QuiddichRing SportsRing The Heart of the Station Solar Arrays What You See as You Arrive and Depart Back to The Front


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