Orbital Assembly has revealed that it expects to operate its first space station, which will include artificial gravity, as early as 2025.
Orbital Assembly is the only company that develops this technology to build viable business complexes in space, and is now designing the first space station called "Pioneer" that includes five units, each with an area of 14,000 cubic feet, built around a "gravity ring".
A swivel that provides artificial gravity for the people on board.
According to the company's plans, this station can accommodate 28 guests, and has zero and variable gravity levels of up to 0.57-g. For comparison, Earth's gravity is measured at 1-g.
According to the company, the target level of gravity will allow people to sleep without having to be physically attached to the bed. As well as drinking from a cup or eating without worrying about food floating in the air.
Orbital's goal in creating such a multi-use space complex includes options for space travelers to visit, in addition to other applications that include military, communications, and more.
Orbital has partnered with the University of California, Irvine, and another organization affiliated with former NASA astronaut May Jameson to study artificial gravity as a way to combat the negative health effects associated with long-term exposure to zero gravity.
The Pioneer station is expected to be launched before another larger project by Orbital called the Voyager Station, which will accommodate up to 400 people.
Pioneer and Voyager
On the company’s projects, the American “Travel Plus” website quotes Tim Alatori, chief operating officer of Orbital Assembly, as saying: “For the average person, being in space would be a science fiction experience. Our vision is to make space a destination that people yearn to visit, while providing the familiar elements of gravity.”
Regarding the company’s vision, Alla Toure added: “We envision the Pioneer and Voyager space stations as final eco-tourism destinations.” "Once people get into space, their view of the Earth will change," he says.
Space travel is still in its infancy, and we are excited to do our part in pushing it forward to help improve life on Earth.”
Orbital indicated, on its website, that it is developing and operating space stations capable of providing gravity in orbit, in lunar space, and throughout the solar system, to enable humanity to work, play and thrive in the space ecosystem.
The Pioneer station has also been described as the first ever gravitational space business complex, and as a hybrid space station designed for entertainment, research and commerce.
It features hybrid microgravity units and a rotating gravity ring.
Of course, Orbital is still, according to what it announced on its website, waiting for funding, which will enable it to plan to launch its first operation as soon as possible, and it hopes to do so in the year 2025.
According to the site, the station can be booked to work and live in the comfort of space with gravity. Also, space station facilities can be customized to accommodate business needs in space. Whether it's a satellite service provider, a factory, a telecom provider, or a space carrier looking for logistics or warehousing facilities.
According to the site, Orbital asserts that it has the capacity and staff capable of supporting business needs.
Regarding the level of achievement, Orbital reports that the facilities are designed for in-orbit manufacturing, including integrated circuits, optical fibers, biological materials and medicines, noting that Orbital's various facilities will host satellite recycling operations, military applications, communication centers and tourism.