What would be the best configuration of solar panels on a rotating wheel space station? I am thinking about Space Station V design and dimensions.
Space Station V comes from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Space Station V was the largest orbital structure ever built as of 2001. It is a large, international, rotating wheel space station, used as a transfer point from Earth orbit to the moon and other planets. It featured an orbital hotel, run by Hilton Hotels; a Howard Johnson's restaurant; lounge areas; and picturephone booths.
The spinning of the station generates artificial gravity, equal to about that of the moon's gravity. This gave travelers from Earth a chance to acclimatize to the low gravity.
Space Station V has two docking bays on either side of the rotational axis of the station. By 2001, the station is still under construction. The first wheel has been completed, and a second wheel is being constructed.
Dr. Heywood Floyd visited Space Station V in 2001 on his way to Clavius Base.
- Diameter: ~300 m (984 ft)
- Height: ~150 m (495 ft) (along rotational axis)
- Average speed: ~17,500 mph (5 miles/ second or 7823 metres/ second)
- Orbital Period: 91 minutes
- Rotational Period: 61 seconds
- Altitude: ~210 miles