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Space Construction Tools For Large Structures By OAC

Orbital Assembly Corp. (OAC) is establishing itself as perhaps the world's first space construction company.

They have widely viewed videos depicting Voyager Station, a large rotating habitat designed to mitigate deleterious health and physiological effects of microgravity, while also revolutionizing space travel and the commercial space sector.

They plan to make a D-Star construction working proof of concept for building large structures in space. They plan to progress to a large rotating frame where Astronauts could go and stay healthier with centrifical force to simulate gravity at night.

(Via NextBigFuture.)

Arthur C. Clarke suggested orbiting factories in his admirable 1978 novel The Fountains of Paradise:

"...What is it?"

"The result of two hundred years of solid-state physics. For whatever good that does, it is a continuous pseudo-one dimensional diamond crystal - though it's not actually pure carbon. There are several trace elements in carefully controlled amounts. It can be mass-produced only in the orbiting factories, where there's no gravity to interfere with the growth process."

Fans of William Gibson may recall that he mentioned automated space factories in his 1988 novel Mona Lisa Overdrive.

Structures don't get much larger than those constructed by the spiders in Charles Sheffield's Web Between the Worlds (1979).

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