International space launching facility: located in West Pacific
Liaw, Steve M
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This thesis will embrace the following characteristics regarding "Sustainability", in which they will be the primary driving force behind my design of this facility. 1) Economical Sustainability: Reducing operational costsfor this facility, thus the demand for this facility will keep this facility operational with the help of cash flow. (All facilities required capital to stay operational) 2) Ecological Sustainability: Adopting new technologies to embrace the usage of "natural" energy. Such energies are solar, and wind. Ecological sustainability also referring to the connection between human and nature, it is essential to take consideration regarding human comfort. By providing a healthy environment will further reducing the physical and mental stress while working on a remote area. Thus prolong the amount of time workers can stay in this facility. Results: Less down time and more productivity. To further reduce the cost of this facility, vegetation will be introduced to provide physical and mental nourishment for the occupants (food and scenery). 3) Structure sustainability: The ability for this facility to adopt new technology or elements so it can better serve the occupants on board (adoptable architecture). New materials also will contribute lower maintenance costs. This project will explore some aspects of "sustainable architecture " due to the nature of its site. The facility is located on the ocean at the equator (160W and Equator), and is miles away from any land or resources (electric, gas, and fresh water). Therefore, the building must utilize new technology to generate energy and recycle resources to guarantee the survival of this facility. The facility also needs to be flexible to meet the needs of present and future. The facility, for this project is an International Space Launching Station, located 3737.5 miles southwest of California Coast (160ÃV and Equator). This station will be capable of launching rockets or next generation reusable vehicles. This station will be 2000' X 2000 'and 5,000' deep and accommodates 400 residents on the launching units alone. The station will be consists of 4 or more "EC(l-Modular" units with additional 430 residences per unit. All zones can be shut off in case of emergencies. Docking stations will also be incorporated in the design allowing for the transportation of rockets and fuel.