Our space station is composed of space capsules with different functional modules, including planting cabins, social cabins, private cabins, medical cabins, office cabins and core cabins. The core function of the space station is to provide a comfortable living space for long-term survival to passengers entering space.
In China, the octagon corresponds to Ta Chi Ba Gua, which represents the combination of yin and yang, and the balance of all things. This simple polygon contains infinite possibilities. Octagonal structures are also common in traditional Chinese Ming-style architecture. In addition, the octagonal structure has the characteristics of high strength, light weight, and good earthquake resistance.Therefore, we used the octagon as the basic structure to design the overall appearance of the space station for space travel.
Most of the space station’s modules are composed of standard unit modules (shown on the right). Increasing the number of modules can make the interior space of each pod more sufficient.
The connections between different space capsules are shown in the figure above. Connecting modules are usually required between functional compartments for successful assembly.
Considering various factors of passengers’ activities in space, we have made many attempts to the layout of the space station. Ultimately, we will use the layout shown in the picture above. This symmetrical layout first ensures the weight balance of the space station, which is conducive to the smooth operation of the space station; secondly, the distance and time for passengers to enter each cabin can also be well balanced.