Uranus Helium 3 Ram Scoop Spacestation for NASA Future Space Fulldome Planetarium Show
SIMULATED VIEW INSIDE THE PLANETARIUM
Designed in a style folowing the classic giant ring spacestations, so that while in high orbit, the station can spin to provide the crew with artificial gravity... during the lower orbit pass into the atmosphere, the station would also spin to provide stability. A front fabric-like ram-scoop stretched across the rings would funnel the gasses into a collection chamber, then compressed to be stored in large tanks mounted to the central axis of the station.
Shuttlecraft-tankers would then off-load the gasses from the station while in high orbit... delivering the much needed fuel to human-occupied bases on the nearby moon Miranda.
For recreational purposes, those living in the Uranus system might use smaller aerodynamic spacecraft... and if looking for some extreme thrills, dive into the gas giant's upper atmosphere for some stunt-like flying. The near weightless conditions of the orbital trajectories may allow for some rather dramatic maneuvers.
SIMULATED VIEWS INSIDE THE PLANETARIUM
The Uranus Helium 3 Ram Scoop spacestation sequence is part of NASA funded "The Great Planet Adventures" fulldome planetarium show now being presented at the Baton Rouge, Louisiana Art and Science Museum and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Click here for Quicktime movie of Uranus Ram Scoop spacecraft sequence
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