I fucking love O'Neill Cylinders
@starwall that seems like a somewhat more realistic way to build a terraformed environment in space.
@lyliawisteria Oh for sure! The physics behind building one is similar to that of a regular suspention bridge
@starwall it just seems like a more stable design than a Dyson sphere or a ringworld, where a bump with another large enough object could eventually send it all crashing into itself.
@lyliawisteria Yep! One could imagine a swarm of these city-sizes habitats orbiting the sun, or parked in Lagrange points around Earth, powered by orbital solar panels as a form of dyson swarm. I can imagine the first of these habitats being built in the next hundred years... Or maybe I'm just a naive techbro.
@djsumdog I haven't!
@starwall I don't want to give anything away, but it does have those cylinders with habitats in them. The first one is really good (by Arthur C Clark). The next three he had a co-author. I didn't really like them as a kid actually, but I'm wondering if my views would be different if I read them today.
@starwall A regular feature in any Gundam series (except I guess G)
@starwall yah theyre cool as shit though i think space megastructure design trends if such a thing can be said to exist has moved away from them primarily for the stability reasons
@starwall I'm thinking of designing fjords for them.
@starwall if toroidal stations are the doughnuts, these are the doughnut holes
@starwall to be honest, looking outside it might be way too dark to really see, and insofar you do see, it rotates bit too fast.
And it is a giant window you have to engineer... Think just a closed cylinder with a concentrator feeding light at the end might be better..
Totally second people saying this is better than Mars. It's way better...
Imagine living in "zeppelins" basically, wires hang ~100m overhead, and "houses" hang on them and can move around. But that's for really low pop density.
@starwall imho more realistic solarpunk is more needed/useful than scifi. (just saying)
@jasper they're not mutually exclusive
@jasper I think that we're very far off from building the first true orbital habitats, though it doesn't hurt to dream, friend.
no these are they @kioskwitch
@starwall Remember when I was a kid playing Axelay on my SNES. Level 2 had a slowly scrolling overhead view of a city in the background in a side view level. "That's weird." Then I later saw the colonies in Gundam. "Oooooooooh!"