Space Crystal

TEAM: Ángel Enrique Cuadrado González, Lucía Heras Molina

… “From the Earth to the Space: a special break” …
Human being has longed for since its origins surround itself with the stars in the sky, and contemplate what is surrounding from the perspective of the gods it adored.

With this premise here come new concepts of hotel, rest and room, which really comes true that cherished dream.
For that, It is designed a capsule that, outwardly, simulates the crystallization process of objects by the effect of cold temperature. Inside it harbor, on the one hand, the basic needs of a room (toilet area, rest area and views) and, on the other hand, the installations (divided into “regular use” and “emergency use”). These installations consist of an oxygen tank, a water tank and a waste tank (for regular use) plus an oxygen tank and a water tank (for emergency use). All with trapdoors to facilitate (when the capsule is on the ground and parked) emptying and refilling them.

The “living” dimensions of the capsule are 10 meters long, 3 meters wide and 3 meters high.

The upward and downward movements of the capsules are performed thanks to a “backpack” (engaged in one of the extremes) and over a vertical structure, which allows the user placed at the desired height. The mechanism is reduced to the combination of a pneumatic system using air at high pressure with valves in each tube, supported by a system of metal cables and pulleys that join each capsule to a piston.

This mechanism looks alike the systems used currently in the funfair around the world, but taken to the extreme and talking about kilometric heights (between 10 and 30 kilometers) to contemplate the Earth, its curvature and the Space.
Energy supply for the entire installation has been placed into orbit thanks to a solar photovoltaic installation and helium weather balloons.

Taking advantage of the boom and the technological advances that nowadays are emerging about the drones, each capsule has a support drone equipped with video cameras HD that monitor and ensure the integrity of the capsule and its members, and a survival kit consisting of food and tools to repair in case of accident.

Finally, the access to the capsule is made with a simple ladder and through a trapdoor in the bottom, located between the “backpack” and the tanks area.

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