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Datafile - EarthStation
Last Updated: 2008-10-13

The EarthStation was a space station in the orbit of Earth designed to replace the International Space Station.

Contents
1.  EarthStation
2.  EarthStation2
3.  EarthStation3
4.  Access


EarthStation


The first EarthStation was a space station designed to replace the Mir Space Station, latterly known as the International Space Station. It was designed with early artificial gravity systems using a rotational system around a central axis, a system that proved unwieldy and with the discovery of the Michaeli composite unnecessary. It was a place for scientists to live with their families, work and grow old. The station included hotels, restaurants and other similar tourist locations with a lot of the work there being paid for by tourism from the rich back on Earth. A shipyard was built onto the station and it was the launch point for the colonies on Mars and Venus.

EarthStation2


It was swiftly decided that with the discovery of the Michaeli composite that the design of the EarthStation could be radically improved by the replacement of the rotational gravity system with the composite for the supply of gravity. The design team soon came to the decision to make a completely new station based on the notion of a dome similar to the one in use on the moon but attached to a space station designed to service it will all it required.

Construction began in 2290AD (-42PE) and completed on 2332AD (0PE). The dome was designed to house a maximum population of a million people, though when the Earth was destroyed it was home to less than three quarters of that figure. On the day that EarthStation2 officially took over from EarthStation the Earth was destroyed, leaving the EarthStation2 government suddenly finding itself responsible not only for itself but the remaining colonies as well.

Originally designed to last for 500 years EarthStation2 was kept operational far beyond its original life span. Though the life dome wasn't expanded, the hydroponics and manufacturing levels beneath were upgraded repeatedly and further accommodation was added to increase the resident population.

Kept operational as a symbol of the endurance of the people and in memory of those who died on Earth, EarthStation2 saw ten millennia of upgrades, extensions and modifications made it difficult to keep operational, and in 9950PE it was deemed time to replace the aged station.

EarthStation3


Keeping with the design ideals of EarthStation2, EarthStation3 was essentially a giant disc, suspended in place in a geo-stationary orbit over what was the Greenwich Meridian. The disc itself is a full thirty miles in diameter with forests, parks and lakes as well as housing. Farms, industry and two spaceports are housed in the underside of the station capable of keeping the entire thing self sustaining.

It was designed to be the hub of the Sol Alliance and a symbol of the strength and power it commanded, and as of New Year’s Day 10,000PE the Sol Alliance started running from there.

It was, and is, the most ambitious and extravagant space station ever constructed and the only place in the galaxy where people could experience a day in line with Earth Standard Time, used universally in the allied galaxy on ships and as a secondary on planets after their own local time.

It is currently home to a total of ten million people, mostly government workers and staff for the various financial organisations that are based there. The rest are people working in the various industries required to keep a station of its nature running.

Access


With the expansion of the galaxy and the very real threat of the Vommel War it was decided that access to Luna, EarthStation2, and latterly EarthStation3 should be through the Ganymede Clearance station, in orbit above the Ganymede colony. Apart from pre-cleared passenger services running from select locations the only way to visit any of the destinations is to travel to Ganymede and use public transport. Similarly all freight bound for Earth space is cleared and transferred to Alliance owned freighters there.
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