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  •  Why design them in that pattern why not (0+ / 0-)

    have enough modules designed to link to each other in a ring and spin the ring to make up to 1G living conditions?.lets see it's 45 ft long make that 50 ft for this example and not counting connections so if using a twelve sided ring pattern also as an example then the "ring" would be a 12X50=600ft in circumference so that's around 200 feet in diameter an so with a suspension bridge type reinforcing and/or something like a bike rim with spokes an a central hub how fast would it have to spin to make the 1G environment?,oh and other modules could be put in closer to the center for lower G's.  

    •  OH oh that's 720ft I got distracted when I wrote (0+ / 0-)

      600(Thinking about something wit 6 in it) and didn't catch it.

      •  hey I was right 12X50 is 600 I was going with (0+ / 0-)

        12X60 to begin with and then the three year old needed something then well then this little bit of oh-oh.

      •  Actually, I think that they have... (1+ / 0-)
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        defluxion10

        ... already thought of connecting Bigelow's into a ring, or maybe they are planning on make one in a ring shape; I forget. So your ideas have merit.

        The physics behind it is quite interesting. Your math is correct, except studies show that a ring cannot rotate faster than 2 RPM, otherwise the occupant would "feel" it.

        This means that for a 1-g environment, the circumference must be about 1,500 feet wide. That's not impossible, but still a little daunting.

        Reuse and commonality are the keys to a robust and profitable space program.

        by The NM STAR Group on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 02:18:22 PM PDT

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