Vanguard modules

13 11 2007

Work has started on AIA’s first module for Altea Aerospace and the XR5-Vanguard.

The Habitat for Orbital Operations and Payloads (HOOP) is a platform designed to increase the duration and capability of the Vanguard whilst on orbital operations. It will fit into the front of the payload bay, extending the exisitng hab structure of the Vanguard, but leaving plenty of bay space available for additional payloads.

The module will include:-

-Extra storage and living space (with windows).

-A robotic arm for orbital payload manouvers with arm control station.
-Solar panels and radiators for additional power and heat management.

-Additional airlock for EVA’s (under consideration).

Here are some very early screens of the design, giving an indication of it’s format. It shows the module in both transit and operational configurations.

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Big dumb booster model update

5 11 2007

I finished the first run at texturing the BDB yesterday. I’m not totally convinced I like it tbh, but it’s a start. Also it’s just nice to see her on the pad, finally making use of my huge tower at Ascension. I’m not sure when I will be finishing this though, I just thought I’d get this stage done. Updates will be posted when there are some.

Here’s 2 screenies of the BDB on the pad at Ascension. (I’m having trouble getting orbiter to look smooth on Vista, anti aliasing at distance is nasty, so scuse the picture quality).

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Projects update

4 11 2007

Ok, little project update here.

The BDB development is currently on hold whilst AIA applies it’s engineering knowhow to payloads for the XR5-Vanguard. It is expected at this time, though not confirmed, that the Vanguard will become the launch vehicle of choice for Project Toehold. At this stage it is undecided what part, if any, the BDB will play in the Project and therfore it’s development may be scrapped – although AIA recognises it may still need a large cheap launcher for heavy unmanned payloads, so no decision is being made at this time. AIA also recognises the need to keep funding it’s operations and the BDB may have use in this regard. Updates will be posted in future.

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