Von Braun Station

The Gateway Foundation was formed to build the first spaceport. To do that we must first build a few smaller structures. One of the most important projects is the Von Braun Rotating Space Station. This will likely be the first commercial space construction project in history.

The Von Braun Space Station

The Von Braun 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.

Rings

The Von Braun 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.