The Centristation Concept:

Wet-Launch of Prefab Habitat

Modules as a Wheel in LEO

People need elbow room in which to live comfortably; always on land there has been vast room to wander; but in space we will need to make spacious room for comfort and probably even survival. Space station habitation needs economical room in which to live, so it seems natural to use the vast empty space left in the fuel tanks after launch, as perimeter space in which to live; therefore, designing and building the fuel tanks from the beginning to also serve as the habitat modules they help launch, seems logical.

Explore this concept for an efficient way to build the classical wheel-shaped rotating space station in Low Earth Orbit. Described  in three ways: as early writings on the GEnie Space & Science library; as a formal peer-reviewed published technical paper; and also adventurously in a science fiction novel.

As early writings: My files on the concept which I wrote for the GEnie Spaceport Library; for example "Centristation III", in 1989

As a formally published technical paper in 1995: "Wet-Launch of Prefab Habitat Modules"
my formal technical paper on the subject, presented at the Space Studies Institute's space conferfence in 1995 at Princeton, NJ, and published in "Space Manufacturing 10  Pathways to the High Frontier" pp. 88-91.

As Science Fiction: "Building Up" A science fiction novel I wrote in 2006, which included a description of building and using such a space station in Low Earth Orbit.

(The technical paper proceeds below; and the table of contents is to the right side of this page)

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Efficiently building wheel station

The classical wheel-shaped space station could be efficiently built in Low Earth Orbit by using prefab habitat modules configured to be used as their own fuel tanks during launch, and teleoperated docking in a circle in orbit, all major structures in orbit assembled thereby before first manned activity there.