# How would a basic space station of this design work?

For my book, I need a simple, basic layout to work with for a space station. I am using a typical spinning cylindrical design, a core in the center, a number of levels surrounding the core (in my case 5), with a dock on either end. I have loosely based this on a sketch from C.J. Cherryh (below).

EDIT: How are the levels organized in relation to the core? I get the whole thing is spinning. I'm unclear on how the levels are oriented per the drawing.

They look vertical to the core, but that doesn't make sense to me. It would seem that from the top of the core, the levels would be stacked horizontally in the drawing.

If I am thinking of the core as a stairway that goes up/down, it looks like the levels are like a vertical shaft - like I'd be walking up the "wall" of the core. This is just a cross-section of course, and that level circles the core. So if you were thinking of like a house level diagram, would that be "flat against" the side of the core, circling it?

• @sphennings yes - editing the original question. Commented Dec 29, 2022 at 16:07
• @JBH - you are getting to the heart of my question, I will rephrase. Commented Dec 29, 2022 at 16:08
• @JBH - So would that mean my feet would be standing at the bottom of each number in the side view? Commented Dec 29, 2022 at 16:15
• Thanks, ,Tom. It's a breath of fresh air to meet a user willing to fix the problems in their questions. VTC retracted and +1.
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Commented Dec 29, 2022 at 16:50
• @JBH Not at all! I'm here to play by the rules and try to learn what I need to know. I really appreciate the help from everyone. Commented Dec 29, 2022 at 17:26