Rodrick Su (rsu@tigana.com)
Thu, 11 May 2000 22:13:42 -0700


> >3. How are the living spaces carved out of asteroids like Luna II,
> >and A-Bau-A-Qu? I mean are the floors all stacked on top of one
> >another, or are they all arranged so that the ceilings all point
> >away from the center of the asteroid? A-Bau-A-Qu must have a strange
> >gravity field considering it's shape.
>
> In the cross-sectional diagrams that I've seen, it's pretty much the
> standard stack of levels aligned to an arbitrarily decided local
> vertical. It's also a standard three-dimensional Cartesian grid.
> I'd use
> a geodesic arrangement of hexagonal cells, along the lines of the
> familiar
> honeycomb, with a different local vertical for each of the six
> lobes, such
> that the floor was always toward the center of mass, but that would be a
> lot harder to draw, much less animate.
>
> Luna 2, the largest asteroidal body on record, is only 244 km (150 miles)
> in diameter. While its a thousand times more massive than any of the
> colonies, it's still too small to possess much in the way of
> gravity. You
> could probably obtain escape velocity with a running jump, had
> you traction
> enough to run, which you wouldn't. A'Bao'A'Qu would be so close to "zero
> gee" as would make no difference. Think of it as a big ship,
> adrift in space.
>

Is Axis the only astroid habitat with a gravity block? It would appear that
the Mowsa is a Bernard sphere.
Luna 2 and A'Bao'A'Qu could have as well.

[ Rodrick Su [ ]
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