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    ET2 Architecture?
    This research studio will focus on architectural horizon and ground in a new way; from the perspective of what was called the big blue marble in...
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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    Artist Tom Sachs recently exhibited his installation Space Program at Gagosian Gallery in LA. The project consisted of a full scale lunar module crafted by Sachs with simple materials and bricolage techniques. He also created uniforms, space suits, and boots from non-traditional, cheap materials...with a little help from Prada and Nike (is there such a thing as low-budget Prada anything?). The kicker was a performance on the last day of the show, where he and others donned the suits, re-enacted the launch of the module, and gave an EVA demonstration (based on NASA documentation). While I didn't see the demo, I did get to climb inside the module; it gives a surprisingly good approximation of what it might be like to spend considerable time inside such a small unit (the cabinets full of Jack Daniels and Marlboros suggest the preferred method of passing the time).

    more about the exhibit here: www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/beverly-hills-2007-09-tom-sachs/







    Fri, Nov 30, 2007  Permanent link

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    There are striking parallels between the quest for defining the typology of the airport and that of the as yet unbuilt spaceport. The airport as we know it today is a result of more than 7 decades of economic, political and technological forces asserting their influence. In the early stages, the discrepancy between the excessive costs associated with air travel and the lack of passengers willing to pay the price led the industry to find creative solutions. As early as 1908, 'air meetings' (air shows) were organized to draw on public enthusiasm for air travel; museums displayed exhibits of aircraft; and restaurants with views of the airstrip become hot spots of activity. In the1950s and 1960s (when air travel was still far from the mass-transit that it is today), new airports were built with recreational activities in mind, including features such as: observation decks, sightseeing tours, restaurants, art galleries and theaters. Airports were marketed as destinations for non-travelers. Even today, the renewed emphasis on air malls and global shopping centers is shifting the typology once again.


    Air meeting near Reims, France, 1909


    Terminal at Fuhlsbuttel Airport, Hamburg, 1928-29


    Open-air restaurant at Halle-Leipzig Airport, 1929


    Terminal at Schiphol Airport near Amsterdam, 1929

    [above photos from Building for Air Travel, ed. John Zukowsky]

    Similar issues can be translated into the current development of the spaceport. With the cost of travel so astronomical, and the required training intensive as it is, there is an opportunity to bridge the gap between the very few paying space tourists and the immense pool of non-traveling space enthusiasts. The training facilities necessary for space flight can potentially double as entertainment destinations, allowing the public to participate in the overall experience without ever leaving earth.

    Here are some potential recreational elements that could be added to the required spaceport programming:

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    The fascination with astronaut training has already been exploited by many companies eager to start turning a profit in the space tourism industry today. As the facilities and personnel necessary to train space tourists are incredibly expensive—and will be utilized rather infrequently in the beginning—there is opportunity to sell the "spaceflight experience" to those who cannot yet afford the actual flight. In addition, tours can be operated throughout the facilities and combined with multimedia presentations to give an overview of the entire space flight process. This would provide an experience for (almost) every income level: $(tour), $$$$$(training), $$$$$$$$$ (space flight).

    Several companies already provide a variety of training packages. Here are just a few:

    RUS ADVENTURES
    sign up now for 5-day session for only $15,000!
    sample itinerary: www.rusadventures.com/tour11.shtml




    INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES
    be a cosmonaut for a day!
    create your own itinerary here: www.incredible-adventures.com/star_city.html




    SPACE ADVENTURES
    offering Launch Tours, Zero-Gravity Flights, and Spaceflight Training
    only $8,495 for the Soyuz Simulator: www.spaceadventures.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Other_Spaceflight_Experiences.welcome

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    Training facility consists of a large pool with a mock-up of the passenger cabin of the spaceplane in the middle, above the water. Emergency landing in the sea will be simulated and the crew will train to get out of the spaceplane as quickly as possible. First, emergency oxygen system is demonstrated, and then an emergency exit will be simulated. Chain of events:

    1) familiarization with flight suit (insulated and fireproof; integrated inflatable life jacket; velcroed pockets containing emergency rations, flask of water, small first aid kit, Swiss army knife, flashlight, signal whistle; military boots; flight helmet with built-in intercom; oxygen system connected to helmet)



    2) emergency oxygen system demonstrated (closing visor opens oxygen valve)



    3) emergency exit run-through (detach safety belts; open hatch; slide down inflated rubber slide; inflate individual vest; attach yourself to other passengers)





    4) repeat 2-5 times! last run-through will be with lights off and fog/smoke pumped throughout cabin. use of oxygen system is practiced here.



    [info from Space Tourism, by Michael Van Pelt; images from iss.jaxa.jp and www.ksc.nasa.gov]

    YouTube video of astronaut survival training:
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