Space Habitat Project

 

Habitat Alpha

Habitat Beta

Project Plan Context Diagram

Our mission is to promote, enable and direct the construction of large space habitats. 

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Venturing beyond our own neighborhood of the Earth and the Moon will require travelers to spend years in their spaceships. We will need a safe and comfortable habitat as a first step to interplanetary exploration and colonization. Space Habitat Alpha can provide us with this capability. In Earth orbit, the habitat can provide the means to test many of the requirements for the future colonization of space.

Space Habitat Alpha

Space Habitat Alpha will consist of a 35 meter (115 foot) diameter Habitation Module, a Propulsion Module and a Cupola/Docking Module.  It will be able to accommodate 50 occupants and will be spun at 3 RPM to produce lunar-equivalent artificial gravity.

Habitat Alpha's Missions

1.  Test the long-term effects of low gravity conditions on human physiology.  This will be a necessary precursor to establishing bases or colonies on the Moon or Mars.

2.  Develop methods for mining and processing materials from asteroids or other off-earth resources.

3.  Develop manufacturing methods using the products of space mining.

4.  Provide facilities for science experiments.  Microgravity and low gravity environments will be available.

5.  Establish a self-sustaining environment and ecosystem by recycling waste materials and gasses.

6.  Create a space tourism destination.  Habitat Alpha could become a commercial success by leasing space for tourism and other interested communities.

7.  Develop methods and assist in the construction of the much larger Space Habitat Beta.

8.  Develop advanced radiation shielding methods, including bulk shielding, magnetic and electrostatic shielding.

9.  Serve as a mother ship for interplanetary exploration.

 

Key Features of Habitat Alpha

Gravity

The habitat will be spun at 3 RPM to produce lunar-equivalent artificial gravity at the cylinder walls.

High Occupancy

The habitat will be designed to accommodate about 50 occupants with private quarters, and generous common space.

Self-sustaining Environment

Depending on the number of occupants, recycling of waste materials and gases along with on-board food production will minimize the need for resupply missions.

Ore Processing and Materials Manufacture

In partnership with asteroid mining groups, the habitat will have the capability of processing ores and producing metals and extracting water from regolith.

Propulsion System

The multi-mode propulsion system will enable Moon, Mars and other planetary missions.

Spacecraft Assembly

Much of a satellite's mass is dedicated to surviving launch.  Spacecraft assembled in the habitat can be much lighter, reducing cost.

Propellant Production

Water from asteroid regolith can be separated into its components, hydrogen and oxygen, using solar power.  Hydrogen and oxygen can be used for conventional rocket fuel.  Hydrogen can be used as fuel for ion thrusters.

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