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This Orbiter Derived Station is based on a concept mentioned in patent US5350138, with replacement of Shuttle cockpit with station based parts, mimicking that of Shuttle-C.
In-orbit part count: 144
Crew capacity: 19 + 2 in Lab
LF/O capacity: 20185/16515
Monoprop capacity: 2630
Comes with Narrow Band Scanner, Science Jr, and other orbit-use science sensors
A stock rocket called Orbiter Derived Station-C. Built with 175 of the finest parts, its root part is mk3CargoBayL.
Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.2.2.
- Type: VAB
- Class: station
- Part Count: 175
- Pure Stock
During the design phase of USA Space Station Freedom, a proposal is to utilize an old space shuttle (typically Columbia, the oldest Orbiter in the Shuttle Fleet) with all the space station parts assembled and launch in one piece. (Ref: https://www.wired.com/2012/03/space-station-columbia-1991/). Some, such as the version mentioned in the WIRED article, is merely man-tended, in that it cannot be fully used unless it was docked with a shuttle/Command module, and require additional station modules. Other plans, eg. patent US5350138, proposed an all-up solution, with all parts permanently attached to the orbiter. The patent further stated that such scheme allows all parts to be tested on the ground, therefore reducing the complexity and budget.
In the end, neither Orbiter-based solutions were accepted, with the Freedom Study Option-A and and Mir-2 merged into ISS. Columbia itself ended up being disintegrated during re-entry in 2003.
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