Starship Simulation Project

Starship simulation project is to simulate in real life what it might be like to live and work on board a starship. Participants can choose a week, month or year.

 

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to travel to space. I thought it would be a great adventure and it would be fun, exciting, and yes, at times very boring but nonetheless I thought overall the rewards would outweigh the rest. I was always envious of the astronauts (because they went), actors and actresses, (because they got to participate in a setting of space) and all the rest of the scientists working in the space industry. So I thought it would be great if I could build a facility that could resemble or simulate a starship environment. To build a starship like the USS Enterprise is too costly so I had to figure out how it could be done on the cheap. The solution I found is to use shipping containers.  The reasons are listed below.

We are going to take a piece of vacant land in the USA or in Rio de Janeiro or the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil  and turn it into a modular research and development facility for our Starship Simulation Project. This project will be a simulation and will mimic life on board a starship. Inside the facility we will use flat screen TV’s to simulate ports/windows. When you are looking out you will see stars and planets as you travel at the speed of light. It is intended to simulate what it might be like traveling through space from inside the starship. It will have a working bridge with simulation scenarios that might represent what a starship journey could possibly encounter. Things like engine failures to planet exploration, water shortages, oxygen supplies, food supplies, and computer and/or electronics failure. Plus a thousand other scenarios that will be thought of by you and other participants. The bridge will use three 90 inch LED TV’s that will be used for communication, forward viewing as well as other functions. The bridge like any vessel will be the command and control center for the entire ship. Depending on the funds we raise will determine what can be included in the starship. It will have crew’s quarters, captain’s ready room, conference room, medical facilities, dining room, engineering section, science lab, library, theater, shuttle bay, storage facilities, electronics lab, computer lab, hydroponics lab, and more.

When completed it should look like a real starship. Most of us might imagine it looking something like the Starship Enterprise from the TV series or movies of Star Trek. It doesn’t have to look like that. Our concern is not what it looks like on the outside but what it will look like on the inside and the mission it is to accomplish.

Let me reiterate this point: It is a simulation project to determine what we can expect from living and working on a starship and to prepare us for the day we will be traveling beyond the confines of our own planet. It is a project that anyone and everyone will be able to participate in. From grade school to college students, to the elderly, everyone is welcome to participate. The more ideas, suggestions and people we have involved the sooner we can start building the first ever starship.

What can we expect to learn from this project? The list is enormous; in brief we will learn how humanity will react to life in the confines of a small space vehicle traveling through space with limited contact to the outside world. It will give us ideas how to deal with mechanical failures, computer failures, and how to find solutions to remedy many of the things we take for granted here on earth. It will also teach us to set aside the idea that everything has to be for profit. It is and will be for profit but in the beginning it has to be a collective effort to get us to that point. I cannot imagine building a starship that is only to last 20 years. It will have to last for hundreds of years because those who are on board will spend their entire lives in this vehicle. That is; unless, we learn how to warp space and time.

Although it is a facility on earth we can learn from our mistakes here rather than suffer the tragic consequences it might cause in space. In space there is zero tolerance for errors. So a facility like this is needed to prepare us for space. We can only simulate possibilities of what might go wrong and our limited knowledge of what to expect or what we might encounter.

We will simulate limited water supplies, oxygen, and food. Each crew will have to create these things from what we can anticipate from space. They might find supplies from such things as dirty asteroids (dirty snowballs) for water, asteroids for fuel, minerals, or from a planet’s surface, etc. What source of energy will we use? Many of these questions we hope to find the answers to from this project. We will also use the shuttle bay to deploy rovers, 3 wheelers, 4 by 4’s and robotics and do excursions to simulate landing on a planet’s surface such as Mars or the lunar surface.

This simulation and your participation will help us discover answers to problems like water supply and its reuse, oxygen, gravity, etc. To make this a place that everyday people like you and I to go to and participate and give their ideas, to experience life in space. To build a facility for global participation, much like we do open sourcing today. We are years behind going to space, we should have been there already. Even today only a few lucky people have ever been in space and that is what I want to change. I want to give everyone the opportunity to travel to space even if it is only a simulation. This will be an environment that will help us train people to go to space, work on Mars or the Moon.

To help prepare colonists and astronauts for trips to Mars for the difficulties they will face once they arrive and during the journey while on board a spacecraft or starship. Everything that goes on inside the starship will be recorded and evaluated. Yes, certain areas are off limits for recording. Yes, each participant will get a DVD copy of their time on board the starship.Everyone will also receive a certificate of participation and earn their space wings.

If I might take the liberty here to say it is first and foremost a scientific discovery project but some might think of it as a game or reality show. It is not. It will probably resemble a virtual game of sorts but that is only because we do not have sufficient information of real life in space other than what we have learned from the international space station.

The more money we raise the more advanced, more lifelike and real we can build this facility. It will be a hands-on experience for everyone to participate in.

How will it be constructed?

KickStarter participants this is where we need your help. We want to get this project jump started with 12 shipping containers these will help us get started. Ideally we would like to start with 24 or more. With 24 we will have 3 rows of 4 stacked 2 high. The more money we raise the more containers we can buy. Starting with 24 we can continue to add onto the existing structure until we have a facility big enough to accommodate 1,000 people or more this would require 1,000 to 2,000 containers. The ground level will have a docking/shuttle bay for robotics and rovers and of course dune buggies, three wheelers or four wheelers (for scientific work of course). The more containers we have the more labs we can build for things like robotics, medical labs and facilities, hydroponics lab to grow our own food.

It will be constructed using shipping containers and set on a concrete slab.

  1. Why use containers to build it?
  • The Cost is less per square foot.
  • Each is uniform in size and weight
  • Interiors can be modified easily
  • Can be stacked 9 to 10 high
  • Each level can have a variety designs for example: the first level might run east and west the next level might run north and south. They can be stacked parallel or all in the same direction. Or they can be stacked with a 20 foot span to create a large and high open area such as an arboretum.
  • Each are built to hold 24 tons at 9 high
  • Each level can be completely open to create huge spaces, such as; shuttle bays, auditoriums and open areas.
  • Just for an idea containers stacked 10 high and 20 wide and 100 deep (800 sq. feet x’s 10 levels) would be 20,000 containers and be equal to 6.4 million square feet or a small version of the Starship Enterprise saucer section from the Star Trek series.

2. Problems we might encounter using shipping containers.

  • a.City, county and state ordinances might be difficult to work around.
  • b. People getting claustrophobic, government involvement,   .

What is the cost to get started?

  • For 12 containers the cost is                                       $36,000
  • Commercial size generator                                              9,000
  • Finish interior                                                                 12,000
  • Concrete Slab                                                                19,000
  • Computers and TV’s                                                      12,000
  • Plumbing                                                                          5,000
  • Air Conditioning                                                               7,000
  • Total                                                                          $100,000

Our stretch goal is $1,000,000 to give it the look and feel of a real starship. 

Starship computer and technology–Before we can travel great distances we need to have a computing system much faster, and with far greater capabilities than what we currently have available to us. Speech recognition is vital if not imperative on a starship or a method of computing that can read our thoughts as our thoughts are much faster than our spoken word.

Inside the Starship:

Electronics Labs

We will have one large lab or several smaller ones to accommodate various specialized areas such as ROVERS, (planetary research and discovery vehicles), Robotics lab for those specialized robots, computer lab for research and development of new computers that are faster and more efficient than today’s models. Anything to do with electronics will be in one of these labs. You might be the one to design and develop a piece of equipment that will function like the tricorder on Star Trek anything is possible.

Rover Lab

Remote control vehicle for $350
Remote control vehicle for $350

We could use simple remote control vehicles available for about $350 and modify them for use as a Mars or Lunar Rover. This particular model is capable of rotating 180° from center for easy rock climbing. Using these will help us discover new ideas and designs for the creation of less expensive vehicles and will be used as a learning tool for the simulation project.

Build your own rover in our labs

Robotics Lab

Create lifelike robotics
Create lifelike robotics

A lab for realistic robots and a facility to create robots to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge

DARPA Robotics Challenge
DARPA Robotics Challenge

Hydroponics Lab

Hydroponics to grow the food we will eat
Hydroponics to grow the food we will eat
Hydroponic tomatoes
Hydroponic tomatoes

Indoor Arboretum

Indoor Arboretum
Indoor Arboretum

In the center of the project or starship we need an arboretum for oxygen production, fruit trees, and an area for relaxation.

Do you have ideas, suggestions or designs that we could incorporate for the interior of a Starship? If so I want to hear from you.

Living Quarters 

Crew’s quarters could look like this

Crew's Quarters
Crew’s Quarters

Gym

Definitely should have a gym
Definitely should have a gym

Dining Facility

A look at the future
A look at the future
Traditional setting
Traditional setting

or perhaps something more traditional

Theatre

Theater
Theater

   Or this

Theater 2
Theater 2

These are just a few ideas that could go into the design of the interior.

Stacked containers from the end.

Interior depiction
Interior depiction

                 

                        Summary

FAQ

What is it?

The project is to simulate as realistically as possible traveling and working in a starship environment. It is to be a complete research and development facility to explore new ideas that might be encountered on a long journey in space and simulate landing and setting up a colony on Mars or the Moon or Alpha-Centauri.

These are just a few of the questions we will resolve.

1. What will be needed on such a journey?

2. What should the interior look like?   Colors, materials, etc.

3. What facilities must be on board?  Medical, cafeteria, storage, library, theater, etc.

What should the bridge look like? Something from Star Wars, Star Trek or something more practical.

What labs are an absolute must?

What clothing and materials will be used? Water is scarce for laundry, Material made for moisture absorbency

What method of detection will be used to see what is in front of us? Radar of some sort, laser, sensors, etc.

What size should we build the first starship and accommodate how many people?

Please make sure you submit your ideas, suggestions and questions.

What is it for?

By simulating what life might be like in space we can gather vital information that will enable us to deal with issues like personality conflicts, and other human behavioral problems. To research and develop ideas for artificial gravity, power usage, water supplies, food supplies, just to name a few.

Who?

Anyone can participate and is encouraged to participate.

·Students from all grades can participate and are encouraged.

·Gaming programmers, software engineers, HVAC engineers, maintenance workers, food service, and all professionals, trades and anyone who has the desire to experience space.

·Do you have to have a degree? No! This is for everyone to be able to participate.

We feel that by opening the project to everyone we will have access to ideas that will help us solve the problems we face in space. No matter how dumb or stupid you might think your idea is propose it and we will see if somehow some part of your idea can work. Not every idea will of course but we believe that more input we have the faster we can get our first starship built. Our goal is to build one within the next 20 to 30 years. Once this project is in operation we will begin building the world’s first ever starship.

Why?

1.Why Build it?                                                                                             For a better understanding of life in space and on long journey’s.

2.Should I participate? 

Yes! It will be fun, exciting and adventurous, to some it might seem like a reality show, or virtual game and the fun part is you can contribute your own ideas, personality, and expertise to the operation. All walks of life are needed even maids, and janitors. Now is your chance for a new kind of adventure and contribute to new scientific discoveries.

3. Why Not?

Because we need to venture into the unknown as man has always done. We are discoverers, explorers, and adventurers. We love the excitement of new places even if our imaginations scare us with; What if situations.

4. Why use containers to build it?

1. Cost is less per square foot.

2. Each is uniform in size and weight

3. Interiors can be modified easily

4. Can be stacked 9 to 10 high

5. Each are built to hold 24 tons at 9 high

6. Each level can be completely open to create huge spaces, such as; shuttle bays, auditoriums and open areas.

7. Just for an idea containers stacked 10 high and 20 wide and 100 deep would be 20,000 containers and be equal to 6.4 million square feet or a small version of the Starship Enterprise saucer section from the Star Trek series.

Where?

The simulation project will be near El Paso, or Sierra Blanca, Texas or we might locate the facility in Brazil as mentioned above.

What is the cost to get started?

  • For 12 containers the cost is                                       $36,000
  • Commercial size generator                                              9,000
  • Finish interior                                                                 12,000
  • Concrete Slab                                                                19,000
  • Computers and TV’s                                                      12,000
  • Plumbing                                                                          5,000
  • Air Conditioning                                                               7,000
  • Total                                                                          $100,000

How will it benefit humanity?

·In space you there is zero margin for error.

·On earth if we make a mistake we can do it over. No lives are lost if we make a mistake here.

·It will be a completely controlled situation.

·Once you go inside you will have little or no contact with the outside world.

·The intent is to create a place to concentrate on ideas and solutions for the day that we are able to travel in space. We will have already worked through a majority of the problems that might be encountered.

I am hoping that companies like Sharp, Sony, Apple, Nvidia, Intel, and more will help by contributing electronics, TV’s and more to help explore all the possibilities that we will discover through this project.

Use all of your contacts to spread the word that you and I are going to use this venture to build the worlds first starship. Help us get this thing off the ground. Lets make it fly.  Yes I said that.

We have the technology to make it happen and it is time we put all of our efforts together in one facility to move forward at the speed of light to achieve mans greatest discoveries and discover new things about space and the universe we live in. New things and discoveries await us things that we have only had a glimpse of until now.

I believe that now is the time to begin, now is the time to move forward. From Neal A. Armstrong’s famous words on July 21st, 1969 that was televised around the world, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

It is also time to fulfill these words from Star Trek,and make them fact. “To boldly go where no one has gone before”.

Come go with me on the adventure of a lifetime, fly with me around the sun and out to Pluto and back at the speed of light in about 16 to 18 hours. Imagine what we will see.

*The speed of light travels at 173 AU’s per day (AU = Astronomical Units) Pluto at it’s furthest point is 49.3 AU’s from the sun. The sun’s light will reach Pluto in 9 hours.

Are you a team player? Do you have what it takes to build a starship?

If so then join us. We need volunteers.

In the USA could be built here:

West Texas Site
West Texas Site

Brazil

We are still looking for the right piece of property and an isolated area.

Risks and challenges

 

Problems we might encounter using shipping containers.

a. City, county and state ordinances
b. People getting claustrophobic, government involvement,

Other problems we might encounter
*Delay in construction of the containers
*Excavation of the site for the concrete slab
*Air conditioning and plumbing contractors
As well as other unforeseen factors that might delay the project.
*weather