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ISS - 05
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.

Much of my source material came from the following websites:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Space_Station
http://www.esa.int/esaHS/iss.html
http://www.russianspaceweb.com/



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   Aft view of the ISS

(modules along the main axis, left to right: Zvezda, Zarya, Unity, Destiny)



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   Fore view of the ISS, highlighting the truss structures.



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   Destiny laboratory, PMA (far right)and S0 truss (white)



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   Canadarm 2 and Mobile Base System, attached to the S0 Truss



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   The US Destiny Laboratory, illustrating a few of the 13 science payload racks that can be installed.



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   other side of Destiny Lab



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   Floor of Destiny Laboratory, including the Earth Observation window (blue)



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   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)



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   disassembled view of the S1 and P1 trusses
(S=starboard, P=port, the number is how many segments from the center it is)



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   closeup of the P6 truss and radiators -- an astronaut is undergoing an EVA; presumably to fix the greebling. :)



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   The Russian 'PIRS' docking compartment and airlock. This would be used whenever the astronauts would EVA with the Russian spacesuits, which are incompatible with the Quest airlock.



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   The US Quest airlock, with two suits ready to go. Large tanks of air are attached to the sides of the main compartment (left), and the airlock itself is the smaller compartment to the right.



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   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.



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   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.



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   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.



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   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.



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   Soyuz attached to the Zarya module



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   long shot of the truss



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   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.



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   A disassembled Unity module, illustrating construction techniques, and the four sliding / retractable hatches that I'm fairly proud of and had to show off a bit ;)



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   the P6 and Z1 truss elements. Fun to greeble.



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   The Russian Zarya FGB module. it serves as a 'garage' for the ISS, carrying fuel, oxygen and other supplies. It also has multiple thrusters to help reposition the ISS as needed.



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   Zarya closeup



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   interior shot of Zarya



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   Zvezda service module -- the third component to be placed in orbit, Zvezda has living quarters and control facilities for the ISS.



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   long shot down the Zvezda module; notice the hatch to the Zvezda docking port at the far end.



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   Zvezda and PIRS (bottom right)



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   Interior shot of Zvezda; notice the control area in the right, and the living spaces to the left.



Comments

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  September 30, 2010
I love the Soyus craft, i'e been wanting to build one for EVER!!
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  January 28, 2009
holy !#@{! again that thing is #!@{! huge how did you !#@{!#$% make this
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  August 30, 2008
Two seconds, I'll comment in a minute, I just have to phone China first to see if they have my jaw.
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  June 16, 2008
there aren't enough smileys in this world
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  February 26, 2006
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!
 
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