Core Module Progress (Dev)

16 06 2009

Development of the Core Module is going well.

Here are a few more dev shots showing the progress.  Visible are the new RCS nozels and EVA hand rails.  The radiators can also be seen in retracted configuration, although not mounted into the module.

Toehold Station Core Module (dev)

13 06 2009

Here are some development shots of the Toehold Station Core Module.

They show:-

-Docking ports for XR5 and DG class vessels

-Module docks (4 side|1end)

-Docking/Cargo viewport window (module’s cockpit/view location)

-Spinal Robotic Arm (animated)

-Solar array truss in collapsed and extended configurations (animated truss| arrays gimble/rotate)

-Rough concept of how the station will grow


Toehold Project leaves the drawing board

10 06 2009

AIA has finally begun building work for the Toehold Project and the first space station module is currently being constructed.  This core module will be the first launched into orbit and will become the heart of the completed station.

Pictures are as yet unavailable, but the following information can be released, the module:

– is designed to utilise the ample lifting capabilites of the XR5 Vanguard.

– will have it’s own substatial solar power arrays.

– will have docking facilities for XR5 and small DG class vessels.

– will have it’s own robotic arm.

– will become the rooting point for further station expansion, with docks for further modules.

(It will be a SC3 coded model with animations and XR5 compatability.)

Toehold Project on the drawing board… again.

22 02 2008

Ok, so following my last announcement, there is a chance I will start work on a new orbiter project. At the moment the Toehold Project is getting a revisiting and is currently in the design stage.

The current concept is to create a substantial (near-future style) Lunar stop-off station in LEO around Earth, on a lunar plane. It is designed to be a ‘half-way house’ for the exploration and colonization of the Moon.

The project has been on the back burner for ages and is now getting a thorough re-visiting. Users will be able to build up the station in sections, as per the mission plan, over a series of flights, or combine the pieces into their own design, or simply use a completed station mesh in any way they like. The XR5 Vanguard and Ascension Island are the selected vessel and launch site of choice to fly the construction missions, although some other launchers may also be suitable should the user prefer. If all goes to plan I will get this project finished in a few months… if all goes to plan… 😉

This may also include making a Vanguard expansion pack for Ascension Island, in order to properly cater for the beast!

I will keep this blog updated with project development as and when it appears.