AstraLoop is a transdisciplinary consulting company that aims to enhance space architectural projects’ experience on spatial habitation, sociocultural system studies and space accessibility. With this ambition, the orbital habitation team re-design and rebranded Orbital Assembly’s Voyager Station and bring forth the project Tierra-Luna.
Tierra-Luna is a torus shape gateway station of the future with its initial orbit beyond Earth as the beginning of space exploration. As a spaceport cruise that connects a variety of missions from Earth and the Moon such as tourism, research, mining, resupply, business, and other space-related endeavours. The station provides crew and passengers experiences ranging from 0g (inner module) to artificial gravity of 1g (24 outer modules). A network of corridors joins the inner module to the outer modules with interconnected corridors that served as information panels and NFT galleries. It also functions as an emergency exit path connected to each module. The spatial circulation is designed to encourage interaction between all passengers but maintains secured privacy. The outer modules that are reconfigurable for both commercial and non-commercial use allow a variety of services to be rendered, such as governmental and commercial workplaces, incubators, habitation quarters, educational and cultural zones, wellness facilities, and leisure services. The new design inner module is equipped with two Starships docking points. It contains a microgravity research laboratory, showcases & outreach gallery, recreation & leisure zones, snack bar points and immersive design theatre. All passengers would be able to participate in recreational activities in a microgravity environment, providing an out of this world experience. They would be able to share with others through the network in the metaverse and various locations on Earth.
When developing Tierra-Luna, each team member pushes their boundaries of knowledge and does not seek perfection or attempt to define an ideal design composition, instead, we focus on an integrated design approach that engages crew, passengers and global citizens to participate in their own expressions of the structure and customisable imagination. Hence, the outer module’s interior material and dimension are planned in a standardised layout with the ceiling, wall and floor as build-in system panels while colour, finishes and lighting configurations vary per module. The unified prefabricated system lowers the cost and allows budget repositioning to the public use inner module. The architectural design of the inner module structure consider the microgravity environment, experiment and explore biomimetic forms, shapes, circulations, and layout arrangements and is constructed by in situ fabricators with robotic and digital fabrication technology.
Tierra-Luna’s design was inspired by Vitruvius’s idea that fire is the catalyst for the progression of civilization and drives us to design spaces that allow the evolution of man to thrive in space. Through investigating the possibilities to operate Tierra-Luna in a sense of Buckminster Fuller’s common experience of all humanity, as an analogy to reflect on how we operate our Spaceship Earth currently. We consider it as an experimental space ecosystem that elaborates the dynamics of humans and objects, as expressed by Andres Jaque, as well as protects, raises, supports, and accommodates all the necessities of life.