Gateway Spaceport

Company - Gateway Spaceport

Founded
Country
2012
USA
Website
Gateway Foundation
Social
Gateway Spaceport

Product/Service - VERA Station

Classification
Space Stations & Habitats
Category
Commercial Space Station
Status
Concept
First launch
Not announced

You could call it a destination hotel, a LEO cruise ship, or a city in space with a spaceport. But the best way to understand this complex piece of infrastructure is to look to its namesake: The Gateway. Humankind will explore and colonize our solar system and then reach for the stars. But every time terrestrial travelers will venture outside Earths atmosphere to worlds and destinations afar, we will stop at The Gateway and change from our earth shuttle to a true spaceship, and the same for people visiting Earth, they will stop at The Gateway and board a shuttle to Earth.

Sargon Systems

Sargon Systems are a family of new construction machines that can collectively build an entire space station like VERA in half a year. Later as we learn to use these powerful machines we will create whole stations in a month or less.
This is a new kind of construction technology called: Panel Construction. By forming panels of a station that have hull plate and Whipple shielding pre-attached we can quickly build large pressurized volumes in space in an automated fashion. Sargon builds whole stations by welding together panel rings at an astonishing rate. How fast a station comes together depends on how fast Sargon can form a panel ring: At the start, maybe one ring a day, but later we expect to build a new ring every hour!

VERA (Voluminous Environment, Rotating Architecture)

VERA is a Torus-type station. The National Space Society lists torus-type stations as one of the most efficient design options for a space station. With 369,523 cubic meters of pressurized volume, VERA station can easily accommodate 1000 guests and 200 crew with plenty of elbow room.
VERA Station’s Two Torus design will allow for huge cost savings because there are no ERVs needed for evacuation of the Outer Torus. People can simply get on an elevator and move to the Inner Torus should there be a problem in the Outer Torus.

The New Pod

Long overdue, we have designed a pod that serves the needs of space construction projects large and small. The Hatship* class Pod is equipped with many arms and a propulsion system designed for movement in any direction, pushing or pulling a load. The bubble canopy depiction is influenced by helicopter designs that allow the pilot to have a wide unrestricted view of the construction site.

The Gateway

You could call it a destination hotel, a low Earth orbit cruise ship, or a city in space with a spaceport. But the best way to understand this complex piece of infrastructure is to look to its namesake: The Gateway.

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