Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsAstronomy & Space · 1 month ago

What is the practicality of a large, rotating space station for civilians?

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  • 1 month ago

    Artificial Gravity, you could walk or maybe drive around it

    Even Farm or have a Lake

    The sketch below was drawn up in the Sixties by Students at Stanford University

    It has been called the Stanford Torus

    The O'Neill Cylindar was another proposal

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    • Think of how exactly would it be possible to stop the structure from ripping itself apart, as millions of tons of rock, soil and infrastructure spun around fast enough to emulate gravity.

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  • 1 month ago


    Humans are now obsolete in space due to the technological advances that people go on about. If you have been keeping up with space exploration, you would see that every planet in the solar system has been imaged up close by at least one spacecraft, and they were all robotic spacecraft.

    The upcoming JWST does not have a little man in it, peering through a tube: it is totally robotic.

    And in any case, what would civilians actually "DO" in space, apart from vomiting and soiling their diapers?

    If you do the engineering for a "large, rotating space station", you will see that no known material has the strength (for a practical weight) to maintain the integrity of the structure.

    Those rotating space stations that featured in the sci-fi of a bygone era may have looked impressive to your great grandparents, but they are a bit dated in today's world.

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      You misunderstand... I was referring to a space station as a means of reducing the impact on the Earth.

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  • 1 month ago

    Most spacious station operations are unlucrative they claim they run tests there

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  • 1 month ago

    A rotating space station would provide the g force to keep humans healthy and prevent bone and muscle loss. However, to build one is an immense project with vast amounts of money needed, and intelligent systems with staff discipline would be needed to maintain the hub in balance without undue stress.

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  • 1 month ago

    As with placing any large structure in space, the key is getting launch costs down. Then, you have to deal with the assembly issues. Note that in the film 2001, the station was being increased, with construction visibly ongoing.

    And, a higher orbit also means more radiation exposure.

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