Wednesday, September 23, 2015

meet gorgon

Solar roof, intake vents and main access platform

Main air vents conducts and wiring, auxiliary open vents

Suites 1 to 12

Suites 12 to 24

Living kitchen cafeteria media lounge

Library, computer labs

Full display labs 

Science labs

Hydroponics, fish tanks level 01

Hydroponics, fish tanks level 02

Garage and exploration robots


Water tanks and jogging track

Machines level, encapsulated zero maintenance reactor

12 levels in total of which one is the surface observation deck
3113.64 sqm per level
37363.68 sqm in total
Conduits cabling etc are located on the sides of air vents
Outer UHPC shell
Inner aluminum tungsten shell, panels
24 suites can accommodate 40 persons plus
It is able to function for extended periods of time in a near zero oxygen atmosphere
Food water oxygen and energy autonomous
Large vents filter the atmosphere for humidity and oxygen retention
 2 hydroponics / fish tanks levels provide fresh foods in a closed nutrient cycle
Stays of 6/12/24 months
Heavy duty central platform serves as lift for personnel and vehicles
Robots are available for exploring the surroundings (full display labs)
4 Water tanks with UV bed light for purification
Water tanks are standalone to cope with any individual tank contamination
Encapsulated reactor on the lowest level. 25 to 35 years lifespan, replaceable
Solar energy panels on the surface should allow us to extend the lifespan of the reactor by up to 5 years
Zero rust materials, nothing in Gorgon is susceptible to rust
Possible surface exploration in suits which reminds me that we need a pressurized docking system, one also that allows for the removal of any external pollutants.

Its got a pluri-disciplinary library, computer labs, science labs, weights and cardio equipment, a jogging track, a cafeteria, lounge and dining room, plus a kitchen

IT wise it is serviced by 3 CRAY mini supercomputers, I think that will do even for heavy duty computations

Gorgons will be located on the harshest conditions available on the planet plus one or more underwater units

Gorgon is the first step towards sustainable colonies on the Moon and Mars

Looking for scientist, researchers, in different disciplines looking to complete their work during 6 months or more, plus astronauts, experts in hydroponics and such. We want to monitor interactions and how Gorgon copes on its own with its environment(s)

One of the first and foremost projects conducted in Gorgon will be the development of AI capable of running the facility autonomously.

Disgruntled famous movie actresses welcome.

Planned locations

Phoenix One Arizona
Scorpio Sahara
Atlantis One Cuba
Amazonas Amazon Forest 
Subzero One Sweden
Subzero Two Russia

Candidate locations 

Scorpio Two Kalahari
Scorpio Three Gobi
Subzero Three North Pole
Sukeina Atlantis Two Morocco 
Atlantis Three Hawai

Mars One 1/4th scale 10-12 astronaut

Mars fact sheet  source Wikipedia 

The following make a strong case for a pressurized underground base. Mars surface is very unforgiving both for its toxic atmosphere and radiation levels but there is also humidity in its air which spells opportunity.

"We think of Mars as a dry, dead planet. That is fairly accurate, but at night the planet achieves 100% humidity. During the day it is very dry, here is why. Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. It varies daily and depends on the temperature: warm air can hold more water vapor than cold air . Humidity is measured as a percentage of the maximum amount of water that the air can hold at a given temperature. The greater the difference between the two temperatures, the greater the evaporation. When there is a lot of evaporation, the air is drier and the humidity is low. On Mars, the air is saturated (100% humidity) at night, but undersaturated during the day. This is because of the huge temperature difference between day and night." source: NASA

Gorgon's 4 large vent intakes will continuously draw in large quantities of the atmosphere which contain 0.1% oxygen and 95 carbon dioxide. In the process it captures, filters and stores air humidity in its water tanks. 

Captured oxygen will serve as a steady supply for the base, as for carbon dioxide it can be reprocessed to fuel CO/O2 engines for surface exploration. 

Atmospheric pressure on Mars is far below the Armstrong limit at which people can survive without pressure suits. Since terraforming cannot be expected as a near-term solution, habitable structures on Mars would need to be constructed with pressure vessels similar to spacecraft, capable of containing a pressure between 30 and 100 kPa. 

The Martian atmosphere is 95% carbon dioxide, 3% nitrogen, 1.6% argon, and traces of other gases including oxygen totaling less than 0.4%.

Martian air has a partial pressure of CO2 of 0.71 kPa, compared to 0.031 kPa on Earth. CO2 poisoning (hypercapnia) in humans begins at about 0.10 kPa. Even for plants, CO2 much above 0.15 kPa is toxic. This means Martian air is completely toxic to both plants and animals even at the reduced total pressure.[16]

The thin atmosphere does not filter out ultraviolet sunlight.

Fuels or other energy source for use with surface transportation. Carbon monoxide/oxygen (CO/O2) engines have been suggested for early surface transportation use as both carbon monoxide and oxygen can be straightforwardly produced by zirconium dioxide electrolysis from the Martian atmosphere without requiring use of any of the Martian water resources to obtain hydrogen.[40]

Mars has no global magnetic field comparable to Earth's geomagnetic field. Combined with a thin atmosphere, this permits a significant amount of ionizing radiation to reach the Martian surface. The Mars Odyssey spacecraft carries an instrument, the Mars Radiation Environment Experiment (MARIE), to measure the dangers to humans. MARIE found that radiation levels in orbit above Mars are 2.5 times higher than at the International Space Station. Average doses were about 22 millirads per day (220 micrograys per day or 0.08 grays per year.)[26] A three-year exposure to such levels would be close to the safety limits currently adopted by NASA.[citation needed] Levels at the Martian surface would be somewhat lower and might vary significantly at different locations depending on altitude and local magnetic fields. Building living quarters underground would significantly lower the colonists' exposure to radiation. Occasional solar proton events (SPEs) produce much higher doses.

   Bon appetit.