Notes from the archives of Dr. Robert Duncan-Enzmann.
Ship fitting for Echolance Starships
Framework for athodyde: fitted to forward sections and bow sections of the Echolance. The athodyde pulls the ship forward. The athodyde receives fuel scooped from the interstellar environment.
Docking collars: Before launch the starships may be docked into an L-4 or L-5 station. The collar is an airtight lock.
Launch boosters: Will be docked to the Frame Cranes
Space Tugs for solar plunge: Will be docked to the Frame Cranes.
Deep Space Tugs: In deep space there are no Galactic Central tug boats. Each ship will have to use refueler vehicles as tugs. The refuelers will be attached to the Crane Frames.
Crane Frames: Folded to sides of ship to strengthen its structure during interstellar voyages. Crane frames may be used such that several ships can grapple to a ship in distress and tug it along. They may be used to disassemble severely damages ship, or to conjoin two or more ships into one large structure. Crane frames will be used as (1) gangways, (2) pipelines, (3) bulk and container transfer ways, (4) transfer conduits for fuel being refined, and/or refinement of materials such as metals, and (5) as landing gear structures on small comets and/or asteroids.
Crane frames must be protected against air losses, and also against structural damage. Each unit comes in four sections. There are at least ten that run the full length of the ship. There are five structural rings about the ship that can support the crane frames.
Crane frames have joints and can bend. This is necessary both for manipulation and to take up stresses – for example in landing or in towing another ship.
Crane frames can be moved by rotation about the ships, as a walking crane is moved in a shipyard or steel mill.
Crane frames have walkways within them. These are entered and exited through triple locks. Conjunction of sections is via glove docks, dis-junction is by withdrawal from glove docks. The losses of air would be trivial.
Artificial Gravity: counter rotating (belt-floors) rings in habitats. Double (2-axis) rotators. Four in upper part of one habitat. Artificial gravity is supplied by two rotating rings in each habitat sphere. The rings are placed one above the other and counter rotate. Cabins are built upon the floors of the rings. AG is supplied by small double-axis rotational units in each sphere. One to three will be used in each habitat sphere.
Simulators: auxiliary vehicles, fan jets, mini reentry, for starship operation. Simulators are a major equipment needed for the Echolance starships. On the simulators the ship’s company may practice to maintain or learn how to use all auxiliary vessels and also all functions of the starship itself.
Bridge: Auxiliary bridges in habitats 1-4, and in heavy engineering region at stern of ship. Bridge Sphere, Crow’s Nest, in every habitat a secondary Bridge.
Automatic monitoring: automatic checkout. Automatic checkout systems will be needed. To checkout, monitor, and perform minor maintenance-by-substitution on all major systems of the Echolance starships and all auxiliary vehicles. (1) automatic checkout, (2) Dynamo – dynamic automatic monitoring, (3) Auto-repair replaces damaged units to an extent.
Communications: inside ship, between starships, auxiliary vehicle traffic control, with earth, with probes and chain-out systems.
Fuel and Power: (1) power generators in engineering sections, (2) radiators dump excess heat into space, (3) lance drives controlled and develop thrust, (4) storage of fissionable fuel, fuel storage in engineering decks, power reactors, Echolance drives.
Habitats: Civil living quarters prefabricated like trailers, ship’s company living quarters in core of habitat as a cylinder stretching the entire length of ship. It is sealed away from civil part of ship. This is a relief for both the duty companies and the people off duty.
Garden decks: 60 feet of green leaves can turn 1 human’s CO2 into O2. Plants remove dust from air. Plants need chemical/physical recycling by machinery
Facilities: Schools, hospital, simulators, library, kitchens and cafeteria, laundry, storage
Commercial malls: cafes, movie theaters, confection bakery, beauty shops, clothing, appliance repair, photo studios
Sports decks: and logistics decks for sports, at landing or refueling as logistics assembly regions for people and equipment before loading into ANP-Aerospace Planes
Logistics decks: ANP, Fan-jet, refueler repair
Mini factory decks: fabrics, light bulbs, aircraft parts, spare parts, repair, manufacture, salvage
Dr. Robert Duncan-Enzmann, designer of the Enzmann Starship