An updated model of the International Space Station as it appears in 2005
About this creation
This is an updated version of the International Space Station, created as a display for the 2005 'Rockets for Schools' program in Sheboygan, WI.
The scope of the project is a bit scaled back this time; instead of trying to depict all of the proposed modules in the original ISS design, this project shows only what is currently orbiting the earth (as of August 2005). The construction methods are very different, but more accurate in terms of scale and proportion. (compare with 2003 design
Overall, I'm much happier with the end result; hope you enjoy it too.
Illustration of construction technique, combining "house of plates" with solid interior walls, anchored in place by a line of bricks on the sides of the floor and ceiling (capped by the trans-yellow bricks)
Quest airlock attached to the Unity module (center), PMA (lower right), and Z1 truss (top center). The four black components on the Z1 truss are the control moment gyros; used to stabilize the ISS. The July-August 05 shuttle mission included an EVA to replace a failed gyro.
closeup of the S0 Truss. The trusses are used to radiate excess heat, connect to and control the giant US solar panels (when they are brought up from Earth), and also serve as a place to attach experiment pallets.
Russian Soyuz module; used to transport astronauts and cosmonauts to and from the ISS. When the shuttle is not flying, this is the only way to get to the ISS. It also serves as an 'escape capsule' for the crew in an emergency.
The three components of the Soyuz (left-right): The Instrument module, containing fuel, oxygen and sensors; the Descent module, which reenters the atmosphere and carries three people, and the Orbital module, used to dock to the ISS.
The US Unity module; it serves as a connector for the different components of the ISS. Four docking ports on each side, and one on the front and back. To the left is a Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA) which allows the US and Russian components to connect.
Impressive! Great interior details. I am sure the ISS was even more difficult to build than it looks. You practically need to be a rocket scientist just to design a system for balancing and supporting the weight of the modules and solar panels. Too bad you could not build the Lego version in the 'weightless' conditions of LEO so as to avoid that problem!