My space colonists have just travelled to a new planet, and they will be landing using shuttles. The shuttles are water-based (like a seaplane) and the colony is/will be set up on a river near the sea. While travelling overseas, I realised that this would likely be quite similar to an airport. Unfortunately, wikipedia's page on "seaplane base" is exactly one sentence.
The space-port does not need to be long-term-re-usable, as no spacecraft other than the colonists will be arriving. Similarly, it only has to handle incoming goods.
Currently my plan is for first shuttles to land containing mostly equipment and construction workers. They will build accommodation and whatever is needed to handle all the colonists.
Technology level is a few decades in advance of present time. The spacecraft is STL, and the journey was 'meerly' decades of shipboard time. The shuttles have the capacity of a 737-800 (20 tonne cargo or 200 passengers). There are ten shuttles and ten thousand colonists.
What do they build and what equipment do they need to do their construction?
The things I think they will be building include (in construction order):
- A control/communications tower
- A nuclear reactor (fission) for electricity
- A refinery (water -> hydrogen+oxygen. Supplies shuttles and ground-based-vehicles)
- A cement factory (so they can make concrete)
- Rescue boats and facilities
- Wharf's and Quays
- A "dry dock" for servicing the shuttles
- Baggage handling systems
- Lots of housing
And I think the equipment/supplies that needs to be dropped includes (in drop order):
- Radio equipment
- Hand construction equipment (pickaxes, shovels etc.)
- A backhoe loader, a road roller and a mini crane (powered by hydrogen)
- The nuclear reactor and uranium fuel for it
- The hydrogen refinery
- Any refined materials for construction (eg metals, plastics)
- The rescue boats
What have I missed? What is extra? Is there a better order?