The Gateway Foundation was formed to build the first spaceport. This will likely be the first commercial space construction project in history. The Voyager Class of station, will be a rotating space station designed to produce varying levels of artificial gravity by increasing or decreasing the rate of rotation. The station will be designed from the start to accommodate both national space agencies conducting low gravity research and space tourists who want to experience life on a large space station with the comfort of low gravity and the feel of a nice hotel. The space station structure will consist of two concentric structural rings fixed together with a set of spokes supporting a Habitation Ring made-up of large modules:
The Docking Hub (Inner Ring). An un-pressurized ring structure with docking arms and stabilizers designed to capture and lock in place a visiting spacecraft to unload passengers and cargo. At first there will be one docking port, but later we will add another so that two craft can be docked to the station at the same time. All passenger and cargo access to the station will be through a set of pressurized access tubes connecting the Docking Hub to the Outer Ring Truss.
The Outer Ring Truss. A triangular unpressurized ring truss supported by a network of spokes to the Docking Hub. Set inside this truss is an Access Tube that will allow people to move about the station freely. The truss will be the backbone of the station and provide mounting for habitable modules, solar panels, radiators, and a rail transport system.
The Habitation Ring. Below the Outer Ring Truss are a series of large, connected, pressurized modules. This is called the Habitation Ring. Modules will come in a variety of configurations including:
Air Water Power (AWP) Module / Gymnasium and Assembly (GA) Module / Kitchen, Restaurant and Bar (KRB) Module / Crew Quarters Module, which will be configurable for gravity and micro-gravity habitation. / Privately owned modules used for villas, hotels, or commercial activity. / Government owned modules used for scientific research, training and staging facilities.
Von Braun Station has been renamed Voyager Station. This video shows how Orbital Assembly will construct Voyager Station quickly and with precision in a polar orbit. The Gateway Foundation formed Orbital Assembly to build large structures in space. Orbital Assembly will be the first large scale space construction company that will develop the tools and machines we need to start a space construction industry.
Microgravity doesn’t work for humans. That’s why Orbital Assembly Corp. (OAC) will build the Voyager Station in Low Earth Orbit, a 200-meter-wide rotating space habitat able to host 400 people at once ! Progress is accelerating. Yes, the plan is ambitious, but OAC has an amazing team and have charted a clear path to make this happen. A crucial piece of technology will be demoed soon, and construction of the station itself is expected to start in 5 years. Join The Crew
Tim Alatorre / interview: “Eventually, going to space will just be another option people will pick for their vacation, just like going on a cruise, or going to Disney World. Because the overall costs are still so high most people assume that space tourism will only be available to the super rich, and while I think this will be true for the next several years, the Gateway Foundation has a goal of making space travel open to everyone. There will also be many of the things you see on cruise ships: restaurants, bars, musical concerts, movie screenings, and educational seminars”