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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.
    2001: Space Odyssey was released in 1968. Directed By Stanley Kubrick.

    Spaceships:

    The Orbiting Space Station: Notice it is under construction. Also, the main body is cylindrical and the corridors are attached as concentric rings-both non-aerodynamic shapes since the structure is outside of the atmosphere in a near zero-gravity environment. In fact, there is gravity, it’s just that the gravitational force from earth is balanced by gravitational forces from other massive bodies and the momentum a moving ship has in its orbital trajectory. The ship does not experience aerodynamic drag because the air in space is thin, or of a low density, compared to the air we are used to inside the earth's atmosphere.









    The Ships: There are a couple of ships that appear at different parts of the movie. Both are relatively non-aerodynamic rational shapes. The first is primarily a sphere equipped with a rocket propulsion system and retractable landing gear. It is shown here landing in the lunar Space Station.











    The second ship is bigger and organized more like a train, with main ship that pulls several similar vessels behind it and a caboose to bring up the rear. Also relatively non-aerodynamic except for its fundamentally linear arrangement.





    The Explorer: This medium scale vehicle is launched from the main ship to shuttle people and equipment outside of the earth’s atmosphere. It is approximately the size of a bus or a commuter plane.





    The Pod: Also spherical and non-aerodynamic. The pod is used for local tasks around the ship like maintenance. It is about as big as a cockpit.











    The Shuttle: The only aerodynamic ship in the movie. The shuttle must pass through the thicker, denser air of the earth's atmosphere at take-off and landing.



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    The 1960's piloted missions to the moon were reason for engineers to begin contemplating the future of transport in outerspace. The vehicles shown here were proposed as a means for transporting man further and faster than possible by foot once they reached the moon. Design constraints were extreme including:

    500 degree temperature swings
    1/6 the force of gravity on earth
    dust
    vacuum conditons that evaporate lubricants

    NASA ultimately eliminated any vehicle that required its own lauch rocket. Weight became the determining factor in the decision to go with Boeing's Lunar Rover.

    Grumman Aircraft
    31 Ft Long Lunar Laboratory (MOLAB)
    5 Ft tall metallic wheels that flatten to acomadate any bumpy terrain and soft soil



    TRW Systems Group
    The five-rocket "Mooncopter"
    Designed to ascend moutain peaks at speeds up to 150 mph



    Grumman Aircraft
    Lunar Rover
    Equipped with flexible fiberglass wheels and a swvel seat
    Could have been remotely operated for up to 6 months from earth



    Boeing
    Lunar Rover
    460 pounds and powered by (2) 36V Batteries
    Titanium covered wire-mesh wheels

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    Rocket technology has been critical in man's efforts to explore outerspace. There are some basic definitions and catagorizations for rockets:

    A rocket is understood to be a non-air-breathing engine. They are propelled by the rapid expansion of burning gas through a constricted nozzle.



    Sounding Rockets: Smaller rockets used to carry scientific instuments on short parabolic flights to the edge of the atmosphere.

    Boosters: Large multi-stage rockets designed to carry spacecraft into orbit.

    The apparent drawbacks of rockets as a means for transporting people within the framework of space tourism are:

    Operational and production costs surrounding rocket technology are extremely expensive. Also, speed and direction control of the rocket requires fuel systems that can be extinguished and reignited wich is relatively imprecise and unreliable.

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    Unmanned experimental plane by NASA

    X-43A/Pegasus Launch

    Getting Ready for Mach 10

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