2001 a Space Odyssey

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 Size of the Space Station 5... (and the Aries 1B)

 

     

Studio original model 'face on'

 

Here are some pictures that I have 'made' up using 2001 movie screen 'grabs', my models, and 'paint shop pro'.


The year is 2003, and the construction of Space station 5 has been completed. An Orion space-plane nears the orbiting 'space station 5', while a Aries1B leaves for the Moon In the other picture, two Orion's arrive and depart at each 'station port'.

 

The Station is a altered 'frame grab' from the movie, as is the Aries & Orion. The Earth is real...a photo taken from a (real) space shuttle.

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Two Orion space planes near the completed station

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The Orion Shuttle sits in its 'docking cradle'. It has carried Dr Hayward Floyd up from Earth to the orbiting Space Station 5... meanwhile a Aries 1B is being prepared to continue Dr Floyd's journey to Clavius moon base.

My latest 'made up' picture, is made by using a space station 'grab' from the movie, and two models.

 

    

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The Orion model is constructed by me from a resin kit supplied by William Lenches of wilco models wilcomodels@hotmail.com

 

The docking mechanisms for the Orion and Aries are taken from the pre-production artwork that (also) gave me the Idea to show the 'Docking mechanisms' seen in the painting in use. (painting seen below) note the two 'off centre'

docking  mechanisms in the painting. One looking like it is designed it hold a 'cylindrical' shape, and the other looks like it was meant to hold something 'spherical'

   

Above...pre-production painting

 

 

 

 

 Size of the Space Station 5... (and the Aries 1B)

 
I have done some work to establish the size of  Space station 5.........
 
If Kubric and Clarke are... (were) as good as I think, then the Physics (math) of a 'Real' station would dictate to them at least the minimum size the station would need to be.
 
The station has two main decks (one above the other) as implied by the lit studio model windows (and the Wall Map in ' voice I.D.' room) then in order to get a (only) 1% difference in centripetal force for a (6ft. person) on each deck, the station would need to be a minimum of about 1300ft. diameter (1320 ft is 1/4 mile)  in addition, large 'Angular velocities' will give motion sickness, so to avoid this, no more than 2 revs per min are required...
 
Also to 'reproduce Earth gravity' (1g) without motion sickness a minimum diameter of  1430ft. is required..................  Ref. The US Naval school of Aviation Medicine
 
In addition (and relevant to this) I have done work to establish the Dia. of the Aries1B... but to cut short (More on this later)  I have it at 40 ft

 

Due to work that I have Done to establish the Length of the Orion (see page 4) and by directly comparing the length of the Orion to the Station  as seen Here , the Station Works out at Having a Diameter of 2,858 feet, (and so) having a 'slot ' 98ft. high ! ...  which is way way too big ! Fortunately there is a solution...

(The Orion and station were 'added' together photographically and not physically)

 

Looking at the slot (where) the Stations occupants can be seen through 'large windows' in the docking bay, my feeling is that there is no way that the slot is 98 ft high... (Even if the Orion seen docking in the picture, is scaled at being the 'accepted in fandom'  @165 ft long (Due to the size and assumed scale of the Aurora/Airfix kit), by doing the math the station still works out to having a slot with a height of 76ft.....and so a station diameter of 2,214 ft)............still too big !

 

 

So what IS the 'correct' scale ?  Well..... the Orion must enter the station to dock. So the docking slot has to be deeper than the length of Orion. The depth of the slot then determines the size of the Station, 244 feet is about the minimum depth it would need to be do this. See Here * given that Orion is 213ft.long (+ aerials)

 With the 244ft. deep slot as the 'Driver' for the size of the Station docking port ,the Station becomes 1,836 feet in Diameter (1760 ft is 1/3 of a mile)...With a Hub 309 ft in dia. and a 'slot'   230ft wide (greatest width) by 244ft deep...and 63ft high. This gives Aries a 'clearance' of 11.5 feet each side and so my 'made-up' pictures  (above) would be about right !

 

 

Conclusions

 

The above would give the Station, Orion, and Aries a 'logically' consistent scale with each other.               compare

Orion is 213 ft long.........Aries 1B is 40 ft Dia.........and the Station 1836ft in Dia.*    (1760 ft is 1/3 of a mile)

By my counting pixels in frame grabs and other sources, I have determined that the Station is in proportion to having a diameter 5.93 Times the dia. of the Hub, and the hub is 4.9 times the height of the slot, and the 'greatest' width of the slot is 3.64 its height.

According to the 'reference' picture the Hub is 2.18 Times the diameter of Orion's length, (which I chose to Ignore in favor of a more 'reasonable' Height for the slot, as described above)

* The 'plan view' drawing of Orion (seen docked) is by DANA LUBICH . The space station is drawn by me !

 

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