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Physicist Stephen Hawking in 2017 reasserted his view that humans must become an interstellar species in the near future or risk “being annihilated”. “The Earth is under threat from so many areas that it is difficult for me to be positive,” the professor said in a speech given via video link to the Starmus science conference in Trondheim, Norway. Hawking has previously predicted that climate change, epidemics and population growth all pose major threats to our survival on Earth. In November of 2016, he said humans would need to find a new planet within the next thousand years. In May 2017, he shortened that prediction to 100 years.
“It is time to explore other solar systems. Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves. I am convinced that humans need to leave Earth” Hawking said. “To stay, risks being annihilated.”
With almost every human has a responsibility of the boundaries of how human civilizations survive and thrive – Architects and designers are no different. We need to push into the sky as soon as we can with whatever we have to make sure we expand before we go extinct.
With our childhoods full of stories about space odysseys, and missions like Appollo – Voyager – Saturn V, we have been surrounded by these adventures of humankind raising the bar in the last century. But as we entered the 21st Century, there has been an unignorable slowdown in how humans are pushing towards space.
A major reason for this have been the wave of accidents/launch fails and budget restraints due to the shift in political agendas in the 21st century. This has caused Government lead space agencies – to a slowdown with only them having the collective responsibility of space exploration.
Our take on earth conflicts has also changed how we see and spend our resources today. The argument begins where people compare spending for space exploration with a much huge population to feed. Its surprising to note that the defence budget of many front lining countries is 30 times more as their space exploration budget. It clearly indicates human conflict as a major priority for humanity today than exploration, which is somehow a reflection of what people want in a predominantly democratic planet.
In 60’s (during the first manned mission to the moon) USA had 4.5% of total GDP spent on space programme, and by 2018 – that spending has been shrunken to 0.5% today. At the same time mining out earth resources at an alarming rate combined with pollution, wars and climate change – the responsibility is not just left to space agencies but the people of this planet as well.
And that’s where Space Race 2.0 has begun.
The challenge here is to design a space habitat for 2000 Astronauts / / Recreationers which should be expandable to 10000 codename: Or1gYn.
Or1gYn is the first space settlement commissioned by planet earth collectively in the year 2040 – which will host as a staging area for all our space missions here on. This staging base will be a point of interest for space recreationers at the same time a part of it will also be the origin of all the space programmes in the coming 3 decades in our endeavor to explore the solar systems and beyond.
The primary functions of this space habitat will be:
- Service / Maintenance
The Or1gYn station will be situated in Low Earth Orbit, not on a planet or moon.
Orbits are far superior to the Moon and Mars for early and long-term settlement, and other planets and moons are too hot, too far away, and/or have no solid surface. The materials for these settlements, however, must have to be imported from Earth, the Moon or Near Earth Objects (NEO’s – asteroids and comets).
The major users for this space habitat would be: You or People a lot like you. Space habitat will be a place for people from earth.