Thursday, December 3, 2009

Back to Brava

On with the kick ass panels.

Directly behind me was the seating chart for the shuttle. You now see that the shuttle had a name!!!! The Santa Maria! You tell me just HOW this attraction held this much detail!


  1. A clear allusion to the Columbus ship. But of course, Columbus wasn't all about discovery, he brought the "Columbian Exchange", which is a nightmare when looked at in a certain context. GOD I love this ride.

  2. SWEET JESUS! No one would've ever seen this type of detailing, but they STILL did-it! Oh, how I miss the WED Imagineers of the 60's - early 80's! :(1

  3. I believe that Claude Coates got the first pass at the concept early on and from there it only got richer and richer.

    More detail on the early EPCOT attractions than in all of DCA combined.

    Actually that's a perfect contrast of the old school WED guys output versus new school WDI guys output.

    You choose your own ending:-) or conclusion.

  4. This is the part of Horizons that really stuck out like a sore thumb; we were asked to believe that the 21st century would see all these new forms of transport on Earth, sleek maglev trains, personal submarines, and hovercars, yet we'd still be using a 1980s-era spacecraft.

    In reality, the Space Shuttle program was never meant to last as long as it has. If things had played out like Horizons predicted they would, and the space program had advanced enough to give us civilian space colonies, they'd certainly be serviced by a more advanced craft.

  5. RAD.

    Oh BTW I showed some of you guys' PHOTOS to my Civ students today to help make the correlation between the visuals in Metropolis and Horizons. In the process I noticed the blog link to zee right. MERCI. YOU GUYS RULE FOREVER.

  6. tanyeshka, I have an idea. Please contact us

  7. Future Guy, I don't think we've seen the last of the shuttle concept. Folks in the 70's thought we'd seen the last of the Saturn style rockets and now they're back. If you think about it a shuttle like craft WOULD be needed to transport a bulk of passengers into space. A rocket wouldn't do it.

    Just a thought. Thanks for the comment!

  8. Future Guy said: "...they'd certainly be serviced by a more advanced craft."

    Well cleverly, the name Santa Maria is a secret acronym for:


    Advanced spacecraft

    So you see, it's really not an 80's style shuttle after all.

  9. Eric_w, you are now the "Minister of Space Travel Affairs" at Mesa Verde Times. Congrats to you, old pal.

  10. Damn - Thanks man! Corporate America may have crushed my employment for now but this new title bestowed upon me proves they haven't crushed my creativity. They can have their freakin' job... I've got Horizons!

    (Seriously, you just made my day... nay, my whole week.)

  11. not to get all serious.. 2 years later n stuff..

    but a space elevator riding on a carbon nano fiber tether is the way to go.


  12. Hexapentas for space elevator future

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  16. to the Moon only in a rocket. Do not is possible make a Station hanging Moon´s below that enters in Earth´s Atmosphere because then...due to rotation´s speed of Earth, approx. 1666 kms/h, this huge supersonic wind speed would do impossible embarking on Station.

  17. (orbital station bike wheel-1g)...geostationary orbit, a huge "bike-wheel" is gyrating around its own axis for have 1g-centrifugal. Wheel held in place with 4 CABLES (two of them with a track for Train) FORMING THE STRUCTURE OF A RHOMBUS♦ (minor diagonal of rhombus is the gyration-axis of the Station-Wheel)...rhombus´s below, the carbon nanotubes Track towards Earth...rhombus´s above, the Cable towards the higher counterweight...if...WHEEL´s RADIUS = 250 mts... Wheel gyration´s Axis length = rhombus´s minor diagonal = Wheel´s radius = 250 mts... Cable´s length of the rhombus´s side = Wheel diameter = 500 mts. Wheel´s ZONE-1g: habitable length = 1571 mts*50 mts wide*50 mts height, gyrating 360º each 31 seconds, angular-speed = 11.61º/sec, linear-speed = 182 kms/h... Station-Wheel´s GYRATION: AXIS IN PERPENDICULAR (90º) ORIENTATION TO THE ORBITAL TRAJECTORY...and so, while Station-Wheel follows its geostationary orbit, the Wheel does Not changes the spatial-orientation of its axis, and thus there are Not Precession forces actuating (and thus there is Not collision tendency of the Station-Wheel against the rhombus´s cables...but the system must supporting lateral charges against Track produced by the Coriolis effect when Train goes upwards or downwards...), the gyroscopic-rigidity contributes for maintaining forever the gyration-axis perpendicular to orbital trajectory... When the Maglev train slowly arrives, using now their retractable cogwheels by the Zipper-Track (zippers installed on the same Maglev-Track), Train stops in Geo 0g-Station placed over one extreme of the gyration-axis... Passengers disembark and entering into gyratory circular corridor, they take now the interior-elevator of one of the Wheel´s hollow-radius, and tunnel "descending" till Hotel in final Zone-1g...where while Station-Wheel goes turning, the immense O2 producer Hydroponics Garden receives a filtered Sun light...and there are Earth´s awesome views.

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  19. ☼↓↓▓0.08g▬▬▬←▬▬▬▬▬↓☺▬▬♦1g▬→▬▬1g...Space-elevator (orbital station ramp)... Faraway high beyond Earth surface at 150,000 orbital speed 11.4 kms/sec...with only 0.08g centrifugal, 0.8 mts/sec² (a person that has 80 kgs gravitational force ↓ on Earth equator radius=6378.1 kms; over there with a radius=156378.1 kms only has 6.64 kgs centrifugal force ↑)...could be the counterweight Terminal Orbital Station-Ramp... Awaits passengers in Earth-Station a hyperspeed vertical electric Train of Magnetic Levitation... "Spatial Train coming from Orbital Station-Ramp and Orbital Station-Wheel at these moments arriving will depart again after one hour, passengers with Moon destination please embark on SHIP-COACH when will be hooked at Train´s end"...medium-speed= 5,000 kms/hour: Earth/Orbital Station-Wheel, distance = 35,786 travel time = 7 hours... Orbital Station-Wheel/Orbital Station-Ramp, distance = 114,214 travel time =23 hours... Well seized from retractable cogwheels, with slow-speed at the beginning travel of strong gravitation from Earth, with conventional Zipper-Track... THE TRAIN DEPARTS►... "Passengers please belts"...starting horizontal from Station, when train goes climbing is VERTICAL, looking upwards...vertical-train with special zig-zag corridor with protections and seats also in the center for avoiding passenger´s fall down in straight line till coach´s bottom... Already enough far, with little gravitational Earth attraction: MAGLEV on...Cogwheels off... Here we go...goooooo!...hyperspeed→... Already braking enough near from each Station...slow-speed, changes propulsion system again: COGWHEELS on...Maglev off... Entering in slow track on rhombus structure... 7 hours: half length above half length below through Station´s floor, Train is on rhombus inclined track at zero-speed, near from Water-Recycling Plant with carbon nanotube´s filters...and the other Air-Filtering Plant with catalysts...the passengers disembark in weightlessness: Geo 0g-Station...passing from static-platform to gyratory circular corridor, go taking soon an interior-elevator in one of the hollows-radius and "descending"...finally, the passengers have arrived at destination: Wheel centrifuge 1g-Station, with its gyration´s-axis perpendicular to orbital trajectory... A Wheel with 500 mts diameter, 1g-habitable length 1571 mts*50 mts wide*50 mts height...gyrating into 4 cables, two of them with a track for Train, a rhombus structure forming for Wheel´s supporting...

    1. ...if...Train´s mass=1000 Tm and its vertical max-speed=10000 kms/h...←LATERALS→, ↓ to East, and ↑ to West, Coriolis´s effect against Track: acceleration=0.4 mts/sec², FORCE=41 Tm...this lateral thrust→ must be counteracted ←in opposite direction with an equal thrust from "some class" of Lateral thrust Train´s outside...or, without it, permitting Track´s lateral-movements, having then the Orbital Station-Wheel supported into Subjection´s Cardan-Joint, and so with free Precession´s Wheel-movement, to sufficient distance from Rhombus´s Cables...and then would have that "jumping" that little distance towards/from Wheel axis´s-extreme in a spacecraft.