SpaceX Starship and The Von Braun Rotating Space Station

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The Von Braun rotating space station will be the first commercial space construction project in history. It will be serviced by the SpaceX Starship and be designed to accommodate national space agency laboratories, billionaires who want to own property in space, and space tourists.

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Totally not a scam. Here are the names of all companies that work on space projects and a cool 3d animation.

Author — MorselOfBread

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I wouldn't send Matt Damon up, he has a bad record with space stations.

Author — Carp Ademen

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Interesting Dreams.
You can See them getting serious about this, Once they use metric measurements.

Author — Stefan R

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Just launch the London Eye into space.😁

Author — Johan Kriel

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The only question is who will run Quark's bar.

Author — Jon Potter

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First baby steps towards an Elysium for the super rich.

Author — Daniel Eriksson

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"Half the quotes you see attributed to me on the internet, aren't things I ever said." - Albert Einstein.

Author — IgnoranceBeater

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Yes, let's build it NOW! *goes to kitchen junk drawer to get a wrench*

Author — Ben X

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It just doesn't seem right without a Blue Danube sound track.

Author — Jonathan Fletcher

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Hmm. I could find any definitive numbers on the mass of this station, so I thought i'd make some reasonable estimates. The diagrams shown put the space station at 200m diameter, with 12m of habitats and access tubes around the perimeter. By assuming then that the space station roughly has the same volume as a torus with a minor diameter of 12m, we can get an estimated volume of 250, 000m^3, or about 275 times that of the ISS. Assuming then that a mass / habitable volume ratio roughly equal to that of the ISS can be achieved (400kg/m^3), this puts the total mass at very roughly 100, 000 tonnes. Plus or minus a few kilotons. Assuming that Starship is used to launch all the components, at $10 million per 100 tonne delivery, this amounts to a total launch cost of $10 billion dollars. So then assuming (as it was with the ISS) that launch costs represent about 1/3 of total costs including development, then I estimate such a station could be developed and launched on a $30 billion budget. At a rate of 50 launches a year ('bout one a week) you could be done and dusted in 20 years, at an average annual budget of $1.5 billion.


So could such a space station make money? Well, if you could lease out every single one of the 24 modules at a cost of $1 million per month (‘bout what a month on the ISS would cost you) at a profit margin of 50%, you could make about $150 million a year. So you could pay off your investment costs in about two centuries, ouch. Clearly such a space station couldn’t be developed by any single entity, but if you split the costs internationally amongst 20 members (as was done with the ISS) average costs per nation would only be about $1.5 billion, which is a politically feasible expenditure for most countries. Another option would be public / private collaborative development. NASA develops the framework for $10 billion, offering a $10 billion reward for designing and developing the habitats (this’ll incentivise lowering costs), and a $10 billion reward for whoever can get the stuff up there the cheapest (again, incentivising competition and low costs). So assuming the same 50% profit margin for the commercial industry, the companies involved make back $10 billion off the bat, the habitat developer makes $150 million a year from renting out the habitats, the launch company makes about $50 million a year from launching the 1000 tonnes of consumables needed to support 1000 crew for a year (2.5kg of food a day, 50% profit margin), and NASA and other international partners get an excellent instrument for all manner of scientific research projects. At a cumulative profit of $200 million a year, the remaining $20 billion investment is made back in only 10 years.


So, based on my above estimates, I guess that such a station could be realistically constructed by 2050 at best. Given that the ISS is projected to be decommissioned / transferred to the private sector in the late 2020s, the need for a new space station will become quickly apparent, and after 10 years of development and 20 years of construction the station could be done. Wether or not such a space station should be pursued as a priority over, or in conjunction with manned bases on the Moon and Mars is another question entirely. But it is clear that space is becoming ever more profitable, plummeting launch costs open up a myriad of new opportunities for economic exploitation and exploration of the solar system. I hope some of these concepts come to fruition!

Author — Jeff Vader

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Kids who played HALO now have Billion$ “make it so”!

Author — Kicks a Lot

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Man Elite Dangerous did a way better job of the design 😂

Author — FreckleBoss

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What's sad is over the years we all have had false promises that never happen especially in my lifetime

Author — Joejava

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Troubling to hear of the astronauts injuries from extended weightlessness.
We owe them much gratitude for paying the price for our knowledge.
Until this video, I had no idea just how badly the body could suffer from these effects.

Author — Mike D

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Just need to put it in a place in orbit to avoid potential collisions with space junk. And maybe it can be a place to collect space junk dead satellites to be recycled for use on the station or return to the countries of origin.

Author — Ed L

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Arthur Clarke would be happy with that illustration!

Author — Rick Holt

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It was Herman Potocnik (Hermann Noordung - The Problem of Space Travel (1929)) who first one described a circular space station that, by circulation, creates artificial gravity and thus enables a longer and more efficient stay in the universe without the side effects of weightlessness on the body. It wasn't Von Braun.

Author — podleal1

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"The option to buy PROPERTY?" Please...

Author — Common Sense Skeptic

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Okay I'm from the Bahamas and I've been watching for some time I would like to know how far you are on the Gateway project and how long would it take for advertisements on jobs

Author — Marvin Knowles

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There is going to be a whole lot of banging going on up there and I support it

Author — snafu killjoy