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Welcome to the Gagarin Spaceport
The ship you are looking at on the main view screen is the Galactic Enterprise.
The Galactic Enterprise is 1500 feet long, and is made up of four sections. The Command Section, Habitat and/or Work Section, the Communication Section, and Engineering Section.
The Command Section is 280 feet long, and 240 feet in diameter at its widest point. It is able to launch two viper class attack craft at a time. The Command Section holds three viper class attack craft in each of its two flight decks.
The habitat and workstation section of the ship is 380 feet long and 340 in diameter on the average. There are four levels to this section. Each level is 80 feet high and 340 feet in diameter. This section of the ship rotates creating various degrees of gravity with zero gravity at the core.
The first level is closest to the Command Section and holds the observatories, stellar cartography, and other related fields’ laboratories in the outer ring, and the medical center is in the inner ring. Level 2 has a mini-
The Communication Section is 140 feet long and 380 feet at its widest point. It houses two separate communication systems and serves as an alternate command center in case of an emergency.
Below that is the Engineering Section. It is 640 feet long and about 40 feet in diameter. It contains ten solar power stations, and the ion engine propulsion system.
At the beginning of the twenty-
Many major corporations built their own rail guns to launch a plethora of communication satellites into space. This in turn revolutionized the communication industry. True wireless Internet service became a reality. The major governments of the world were powerless to slow or even stop the scientific advancements being made almost daily, and their space programs seemed to lag behind the rest of the world.
Gas prices reach the $5.00 a gallon mark in the United States. The American people revolted when it was discovered that the gas prices had been artificially inflated during the last twenty years. It was the petrol-
The first personal spacecraft was launched on May 12, 2028. It was to be the first solar-
The major governments in an effort not to be left out of the new space race released the technologies they had been suppressing for over fifty years. They partnered with the company that started the United Earth for Peace movement, and began planning to build the largest spacecraft ever to be built. Three years later on June 21, 2031, construction began on the Galactic Enterprise.
The year is now 2032 and we are just slightly behind schedule. Despite funding problems construction continues around the clock. We have passed the fifty-
The command and communication sections worked so well that scaled down models are being built by both government and corporate entities. These space stations, all three of them, have been dubbed Star Bases. No one seemed to mind, so the title has stuck. The Star Bases' construction has progressed more rapidly than our own thanks to the Russian's heavy lift rockets, and a lot better funding. Despite some really massive rail guns, the Russian heavy lift rockets can still deliver heavier payloads than any rail gun could hope to fire into space.
Russia, in a bold move, built an orbital platform, the Gagarin Spaceport, in an effort to be the first nation to build a city on the moon. Cost overruns on the spaceport opened the Russians to the idea of inviting the rest world to be a full partner in their endeavor. The Gagarin Spaceport is now a collection point for materials being ferried out to the Moon. The spaceport has always been a big help to us, and there are rumors that they may get the Mars mission contract in the near future.
The past is behind us, and the future never looked so bright. The world despite its many problems is enjoying a prosperity never known before. Some seeking a better life have fled their home world seeking a new life in space. I wish them well. We have begun to take our first real steps into space, and the adventure is just beginning…
Shuttle over to the Galactic Enterprise and read the abridged version of the ship’s log book.
It was a gray cold wet day when he got the news. The job was his if he wanted it. Decker leaned back in his chair and looked out the large round window in his office deep in thought.
There were a lot of reasons for going and just as many for staying. The Galactic Enterprise was his design from the very beginning. Modular Concepts a division of his company worked out the actual engineering and Decker financed more than fifty percent of the project from his company’s profits and public support. When the Russians signed on to the project, NASA reluctantly joined the project too. A chance to get into space was hard to pass up.
However, there were risks and the dangers imposed by space itself were the least of Decker’s worries. His company, while popular with the people, had many enemies in both the political and corporate worlds. A trip to all the planets in the solar system would take years and it would be impossible to return to deal with challenges his company might face. Just last year he had to deal with a lawsuit that tried to prevent him from putting the plans for his Food Synthesizer on the internet for almost anyone to use. A machine, with a few base ingredients, that could produce simple meals with the touch of a button was priceless. Companies that had bought the rights claimed that it would devaluate their product and reduce sales. Decker had won that battle but it had made him more than a few enemies in the corporate world.
The job of Captain of the Galactic Enterprise was his, if he wanted it.