NASA and SpaceX are partnering to build Space stations using SpaceX Starship. NASA and SpaceX have not revealed or developed plans for their Starship based space stations. Cuzza Futurism has some designs for space stations built using standard and redesigned SpaceX Starships and some other components.
The first is a space station built using 16 SpaceX Starships and cargo from 30 other launches. It has no rotating structures for artificial gravity. It has 24 large solar panels.
The second space station built with SpaceX Starships has a rotating section for artificial gravity. It is about 13 megawatts of solar power.
The rotating section is 200 meters in diameters. This would be 4 times more than the 50 meter height of a standard SpaceX starship. The space station design imagines larger version 2 SpaceX Starships.
The fictional Space Station V shown in 2001 a Space Odyssey has a diameter of about 980 feet or about 300 meters.
One of NASA’s actual space ship designs, Nautilus X, has a rotating simulated gravity section.
Cuzza Futurism’s design has heat radiators and solar panels.
The Vera Space Station design would be about the same size as the fictional Space Station V from 2001. The center section is 84 meters wide. The overall station is about 300 meters wide.
VERA is a Torus-type space station. The National Space Society lists torus-type stations as one of the most efficient design options for a space station. With 369,523 cubic meters of pressurized volume, VERA station can easily accommodate 1000 guests and 200 crew with plenty of elbow room.
The Inner Torus (84 meters wide) of VERA Station will house the crew quarters, pod and drone maintenance, and station control. This smaller torus will be built before anything else (Outer Torus, elevators, Hub…) so that the construction crew will have a very large staging area to build the other station components. The Inner Torus is by no means small, its volume is 85,278 cubic meters.
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