SEEDSHUTTLE DEVELOPMENT STAGES
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PVN seedshuttle construction, primary hull assembly phase (T+140hrs)
shown ~100m above, port, and forward of ISS Alpha for scale (alt 400km)
STAGE 1 - delivery of seedshuttle and crew to assembly site
Seedshuttle clearance from hangar bay of mothership
is less than one meter per side. It cannot move by itself
and must be towed; towbees detach and assume workbee role
to begin construction.)
STAGE 2 - workbees disassemble sidepods from seedshuttle
(Workbees extract pre-assembled Jefferies Tube cores from sidepods.
Evacuated sidepods become usable "corridors" for control gallery assembly.)
STAGE 3 - control gallery is formed from sidepods
Break-line separates from hull releasing reactor assemblies.
Deckgrowers launch to construct
the initial crew quarters. (Crew still in EVA gear.)
(See also here for details.)
STAGE 4 - initial crew quarters (Deck 17 aft)
The cramped crew may now move into their new home. The "black hole" is
a turbo-elevator pass-thru, though shafts are inert anticipating Deck 16
control room assembly later in sequence.
STAGE 5 - secondary hull engineering facilities (Deck 16)
(PVN ceiling-cutaway and overhead views reveal color-coded deck plans.
Note secondary hull fusion reactors and freshly installed Jefferies Tubes.
Output of deckgrowers increases substantially once the reactors are online.
Keyed-orange engineering services areas manufacture complex internal
components like computers, transporter pads, and control consoles.)
STAGE 6 - secondary hull minimal operational status
At this point the secondary hull has minimally sufficient power and propulsion,
life-support, computer, transporter and bridge facilities. It can wallow like
a garbage scow but at least it's a ship! Note the Deck 15 water tanks and
the Deck 19 secondary hull bridge and computer facilities.
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