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Team: Team PARADRON

Leader: Karin Rafael Remeikis

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Country: Germany

Team members: Martin Stern, Sean Sayandeep Khan, Karin Rafael Remeikis

Martin

Sean

Karin

Martin Stern has orbited the sun 31 times. TV Broadcast engineer and Media designer; specialized in 3D graphics. Science Fiction fan, has seen all Startrek and Babylon series and enjoys playing games like the X-3 series. Sean Sayandeep Khan has crossed 20 years along the axis of time so far. Presently, studying at the Jacob's University in Bremen. He also is Director of students' activities @ http://interplanetaryventures.org Karin Rafael Remeikis, 74 Venus years old; Space Activist, Marketing & IT Manager. Enjoys reading, everything and every kind - mainly politics, science fiction, poetry, ...my favorite author is certainly Sir A.C. Clarke.

Team PARADRON's

Basic Plan

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Detailed Description

We will be an ever expanding people …

It all began when early man looked up at the obsidian sky in wonder, in awe. He saw millions of stars, which all may harbor worlds of their own, and, somewhere billions of light-years away, on another planet similar to ours…There was probably someone looking back. Some of us believe that we are alone in this universe, the only life to be discovered, but if that were the case, I couldn’t help be become very insecure…knowing that we are the only sentient life forms in an infinite expansion of wonder. A tiny spot of ink on an ever expanding canvas. …. And possible on a planet out there not to different like ours…someone looks back, imagining where we are…who we might be, and how to get there. You may think of them as aliens, we take on different worlds, different oceans and lands, but, when it comes right down to it, we all share one sky. One vast ocean just waiting to be explored, infinite possibilities, infinite boundaries…If man was meant to leave this world to pursue his curiosity, he will soon enough. Ten years, twenty, thirty…one hundred years…a thousand, it doesn’t matter, we are destined to explore the infinite unknown, and we will in time. Man will stretch his wings and lift from this Earth carrying his ambitions with him. ….. we will be an ever expanding people, nomads across an obsidian plain.

found in DeviantArt (http://scarra2020.deviantart.com/art/Exploration-73044119)

Motivation

Planet Earth possesses something rare – life. Life is like a chain, evolving to complexity. At the end of the chain are we, the humans. Earth had been a cradle of life, make it possible for life to grow to such complexity. Humanity spent about a couple of million confirmed years on earth. In this time, it grew to such a complexity, which is beyond total grasp of humans themselves. During this growth phase, humanity exploited the resource that was there in Cradle Earth. In this journey down time, we, humans, acquired various capabilities, including capability(s) to step out of Earth. We acquired the capability to step out of our Cradle, outward, into space. Space is not where we were born, nor does it sustain us as a Cradle. Whatever we do in space, we shall keep this fact in mind. When you step out of the cradle the next thing you need is a place to stay, a refuge. We need a refuge in space. When we are talking about entering into space, we are talking about stepping out, and not returning within a long time. Enter Space Stations, our first refuge, outside the cradle, and Team PARADRON’s theme for MSW design contest 2009. Space stations, like other Spaceborne human-made wonders, appeared in Science-Fiction stories, but soon left the realm of “Fi” and entered into core “Sci” and also “Tech”, and still there is a vast possibility of developments of space stations. This is a classic example of how a Sci-Fi dream has been realized, and still is capable of fuelling imaginations – making it an excellent choice as the competition theme.

Message - Living in Infinity

We, the humankind, have the possibility of living inside infinity. Space is what we can perceive as infinity in our terms. That we are part of this infinity; we do not realize the fact in our everyday life on Earth. But we are part of the infinity called outer space – Weltraum. Ancient explorers dreamed about new lands under the same sky. We can dream about new skies within the same infinity. We can step out of our Cradle, explore our neighbourhoods, go further, step into the skies of a different galactic territory and live anywhere in peace. Space stations can turn this dream to reality.


Our Mini Space Station World is dedicated to Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s novel “The Fountains of Paradise”, in which engineers construct a space elevator on top of a mountain peak on a fictional island. He presented this concept few years later in his technical paper “The Space Elevator: Thought Experiment, or Key to the Universe?” Going clockwise each Mini-Hub describes in chronological order the evolutionary process and development of space stations over time; their past, present and future designs, concepts and visions.

Hub 1 provides an overview of the early science fiction authors who were imaginative and inspired many space prisoners. This Hub addresses the history and visions of space travel starting from 1865 to 1957 like Jules Verne's novel "De la Terre à la Lune" and Edward Everett Hale story “Brick Moon Space Station” as well as mini models of space stations concepts from Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky, who first thought about constructing a permanent observatory beyond the boundaries of the atmosphere – called “greenhouse”. His aim was to create an environment as similar as possible to our terrestrial one, so he envisaged the greenhouse rotating on its axis to provide a low level gravity. In addition space station concepts of Ziokovsky (1911/1933) Noordung (1928), Ross/Smith (1949) and v.Braun's space station concept /1952) are presented.

Hub 2 - Skylab addresses the first US space station cluster, its life-time and mission. Small models of space stations can be installed in the air while the visitor is retrieving information about the mission objective and the technical details about each spacecraft e.g. through a touch screen board.

Hub 3 - This mini-Hub shows a model of Salyut and MIR Station and its missions. In 1971 the first Soviet space station Salyut-1 was placed in orbit shortly after the Apollo 11 mission. During the following 11 years, six more Salyut laboratories were launched by the former Soviet Union and the cosmonauts onboard conducted more than 2,500 experiments in different fields of science and technology. While Salyut 7 station was still orbiting the Earth, the first piece of the next generation Russian space station MIR (Peace) was launched into low Earth orbit. The cosmonauts who worked onboard MIR have demonstrated that humans could stay and live in space. The political turmoil in the former Soviet Union left the MIR incomplete, but thanks to the political cooperation between USA and Russia, MIR maintained in orbit for 15 years.

Hub 4 tells the story of the post- Apollo program Spacelab and Spacehab and how Spacelab expanded the Shuttle’s ability to conduct microgravity science. Spacelab is also a marvellous example of a large international joint venture. For the first time NASA and ESA cooperated together to build a manned space system. The objective was to conduct scientific experiments in weightlessness. During 1973 and 1974 nine astronauts carried out scientific experiments and spent a total of 172 days in orbit. ESA’s involvement in Spacelab program development also paved the way for its participation onboard the ISS with ESA’s laboratory module Columbus.

Hub 5 presents a model of the International Space Station: How the ISS is used to improve life on Earth and how it serves as a springboard for our exploration of the Solar System. This is the most ambitious space project ever undertaken and the first truly international collaboration in space. On November 10th 1998, Zarya, the first module of the ISS was launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. One decade later the assembly is still not completed. Each “brick” and characteristics of the assembly will be demonstrated as well as the factors that influence the orbital environment of the ISS e.g. cosmic rays; solar wind and charged particles; vacuum; space debris; extreme temperatures. An important question is “How to get to the ISS?

Hub 6 shows the Space Elevator model of Arthur C. Clark's vision in Fountains of Paradise as well as the concept of the Lift Port Group. (see the push button on Fountains of Paradise for more details)

Hub 7 This mini-Hub shall demonstrate modern space stations, futuristic space stations, the life support systems that allow humans to survive in space and the challenges of living in space. Mini models of futuristic space habitats will be presented like Dyson spheres, Orbitals and Ringworlds. Also computer games can be added like X-3 or other galatic games in the middle of the center as well as Deep Space and Enterprise models.

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