REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS


The United Nations Space Agency (UNSA) is requesting proposals for the design and construction of an orbital space colony (OSC).

The OSC has three missions:

     
  1. To demonstrate that orbital space colonies can be self-sufficient communities which provide residents with a high quality of life.
  2. To demonstrate the economic viability of low gravity manufacturing processes.
  3. To perform scientific research that can not be duplicated on Earth.
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GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

  1. LOCATION

  2. The OSC shall be located in orbit around the Earth or its moon.
     
  3. RESIDENTIAL LIVING QUARTERS

  4. The OSC shall provide comfortable living quarters for 1200 permanent residents (of all ages) as well as living quarters for up to 200 visitors. All living areas shall maintain a constant downward acceleration of 0.4 - 0.9 g.

     

  5. MANUFACTURING FACILITY

  6. The OSC shall provide a single contiguous volume of 10,000 m3 to be used for low gravity manufacturing operations. The facility shall maintain a constant acceleration of less than 0.05 g. UNSA will provide the manufacturing machinery which will mass 5,000 kg and require 85 kW of electrical power.

     

  7. SCIENCE LABORATORIES

  8. The OSC shall provide 4,000 m3of volume to be used for science laboratories. Half of this volume shall maintain a constant acceleration of less than 0.05 g. The remaining volume shall maintain a constant acceleration of 0.4 - 0.9 g. UNSA will provide the laboratory equipment which can be expected to mass 3,000 kg and require 9 kW of electrical power.

     

  9. MEDICAL CENTER

  10. The OSC shall provide at least 1,000 m3 of volume for medical facilities. The medical center shall contain all equipment necessary to maintain the health of residents and visitors. The medical center shall maintain a constant acceleration of 0.8 - 0.9 g.

     

  11. AGRICULTURAL AREAS

  12. The OSC shall provide at least 200,000 m2 of area for growing crops. This entire area must receive sufficient sunlight for plant growth. Livestock pens may be used for domesticated animals. The OSC shall be completely self-sufficient in terms of food production.

     

  13. ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL

  14. The OSC shall maintain the following environmental conditions: The atmosphere shall be maintained free from pollutants. Healthy levels of O2 and CO2 must be maintained through a regenerative ecosystem including residents, livestock (if any) and agricultural crops.

     

  15. WATER PROCESSING

  16. Imports of lunar or cometary water are acceptable but must be minimized. All water used on the OSC shall be recycled to the maximum possible extent.

     

  17. FOOD PROCESSING

  18. All food consumed in the OSC shall be processed locally. A healthy diet shall be provided for all residents and visitors. No food imports from Earth will be possible.

     

  19. ENERGY PRODUCTION

  20. The OSC shall be self-sufficient in terms of energy production. If fission reactors are used, fuel rods may be imported from Earth. Renewable energy sources are preferred.

     

  21. RADIATION SHIELDING

  22. The OSC shall be shielded from cosmic radiation and solar flares. Residents and agricultural crops shall not receive more than 5 rem per year.

     

  23. DOCKING FACILITIES

  24. The OSC shall provide facilities for docking at least three spacecraft simultaneously. At least one cargo loading bay shall be provided with a doorway area of 30 m2.

     

  25. ROTATIONAL PERIOD

  26. The rotational period of the OSC shall not be less than 40 seconds.

     

  27. MISCELLANEOUS

  28. The OSC shall provide appropriate space and equipment for the following:

PROPOSAL FORMAT


ILLUSTRATIONS

REFERENCES

TECHNOLOGICAL ASSUMPTIONS

UNSA PROVIDED RESOURCES

RESIDENCY


Mr.Young Contracts Officer
United Nations Space Agency

Astrid S. Ericson, Admistrator
United Nations Space Agency

Mungo U. Ugalavia
Secretary General of the United Nations 


Author: Patrick Young

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