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starship-design: Interesting, if large idea...
One idea I've been pondering lately is that most people are focused on
building space-fairing vessels that are too small. IIRC, the distance
from earth to mars is 309 million miles(depending on position in orbit),
That's a huge scale - modern craft are microscopic by comparison. I've
been thinking about a much larger craft, a cylinder, approximately 50,000
miles long and 1,500 in diameter, with a suitable bar in the middle to
provide illumination. A spin is put on the vessel to produce artificial
gravity, and buildings are built on the interior surface. I've been told
by certain sources that such a vessel over 23 kilometres is unfeasable to
construct (wall thickness becomes incredible), any thoughts on using
braces to overcome the limitation?
"We have learned to imitute you exarctly."