Hello and welcome to my web site
providing some background information on the addons I made for the Orbiter
lets you explore the whole solar
system based on realistic flight physics.T his site is about
near-future missions, with technology readily available or at least
researched in the labs, the time frame being about 10 to 50 years into
the future. New projects will come.
- October 2009: The
current version 606 shows a smaller service module and inclined
A beta version can be downloaded here.
- The development thread is on Orbiter-Forum.com.
This version (Delta 4 Heavy Versatile) shall represent a future development,
being able to launch satellites as well as manned vehicles into orbit.
Liftoff thrust: 8,670 kN, total mass: 733,400 kg.
25,800 kg to 185 km Orbit, 28.5 deg inclination
10,843 kg to a geosynchronous transfer orbit
50,000 kg to 185 km Orbit, 28.5 deg inclination
The station consists of a habitat (9 ton) at the end of a 50 m wire, and a centre service module (6 ton) with a docking port, solar panels and a heat radiator. These two elements are connected by an inflated tunnel. The assembly was launched on a Delta 4 Heavy. The burnt-out upper stage is the counter weight (6 ton) at the end of 75 m long wires.
The rotational speed is 2.5 rpm, resulting in a artificial gravity of 3.4 m/sē, about 1/3 of earth gravity. This rotation is well within the 'convenience limit' of about 3 rpm. The effects of preventing bone degradation of the astronauts on long space travels shall be studied aboard this station.
A spacecraft with a centre-line docking port (like the Delta Glider or the CEV) is required for docking.
The JIMO mission would have also raised NASA's capability for space exploration to a revolutionary new level by pioneering the use of ion electric propulsion powered by a nuclear fission reactor. This technology had not only made it possible to consider a realistic mission for orbiting three of the moons of Jupiter, one after the other, it would have also opened the rest of the outer Solar System to detailed exploration in later missions.
The project was discontinued in 2005, being considered too ambitious for the current state of technology.
Read the documentation: PDF file.
It is easy to replace the exhibits with your own pics.
If you have a collection of 10 new pics and want to share them with ther Orbiteers, zip them up together with a short readme and post them to a file archive of your liking.
Examples can be found at the Orbithangar web site.
This version shows one of the earliest concepts, published on Lockheeds web site.
Nov. 2006 update: Recompiled for Orbiter 2006 p1 edition.