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Dico S.F. – O’Neill cylinder

A O’Neill cylinder is a space structure, defined for the first time in 1974 by the physicist Gerard K. O’Neill, which is designed to received permanent inhabitants.

The structure is decomposed by longitudinal sections, in turns constituted by liveable grounds and window panes to let enter the sunlight. The cylinder [1]In fact, there would be two or more counter-rotating cylinders to avoid gyroscopic effects which would prevent to maintain the cylinder in the sun direction. spin around itself to simulate earth gravity.

Matching words : Bernal sphere, Dyson sphere, Stanford torus

Examples :

  • Babylon 5 station from the eponymous series
  • Rendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Cooper station from Interstellar, by Christopher Nolan
  • The comic book Centaurus, by Leo

Références

1 In fact, there would be two or more counter-rotating cylinders to avoid gyroscopic effects which would prevent to maintain the cylinder in the sun direction.

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