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Join Date: Jun 2012
02-09-2013, 09:32 AM
One idea proposed on the site is to break the building of the Gen1 Enterprise into construction phases, where each phase gives a viable craft for some uses in its own right.
Phase 1: Build a simple gravity-less space station as a starting work base. We could even repurpose the ISS for this.
Phase 2: Build the Gravity Wheel as a Space Station to be used for experiments and scientific research in orbit.
Phase 3: Add the overall Enterprise hull structures.
Phase 4: Add the nuclear power system and electric propulsion engines.
The beauty of doing Phase 1 and Phase 2 before adding the hulls of the Enterprise is that you get a large and very useful space station with 1g artificial gravity much sooner and at much lower cost. This wheel could hold 1000 people, and therefore it would be a destination for space tourists. Thus perhaps building Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Enterprise could be done as a private venture. That is, perhaps this could be a profitable business venture. This would also give more time to develop better technology we can use in each stage of the ship.
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