Japanese teams are developing an artificial gravity architecture to enable life in space

an artificial gravity system can be made possible

Kyoto University and Kajima Construction Co., Ltd. have agreed to begin their research into the realization of ‘The glass’, a cylindrical artificial gravity living architecture to be built in space to enable life on Mars and the Moon. From the videos they released during a July 6 press conference, the cylindrical one space design is complete with public transportation, green spaces, bodies of water and an open sky that reflect the lifestyle one lives on Earth. The Japanese teams have found that humanity is gradually moving from imagining staying in space to living on the Moon and Mars. They wondered how they could realize such an ambitious project and pointed out the environment, facilities, perspectives, technologies, brackets and social systems needed to make the project happen. They agreed on three concepts to examine thoroughly. First, they recognized the looming problem of low gravity on the lunar surface and that artificial gravity is gaining traction, particularly in the medical community.

The teams believe that life in space is imminent and that NASA positions low gravity as an important issue for humans to live in space. However, research into low gravity is limited to body preservation, and its effects on child birth and growth have not yet been studied. They note that without gravity, mammals may not give birth successfully, and even if they can give birth, they cannot expect normal growth in low gravity. When a person grows up under low gravity, they cannot stand alone on earth. “Therefore, we consider a living artificial gravity facility which, by utilizing the centrifugal force due to rotation in space, on the surface of the Moon and on the surface of Mars, can generate gravity that conforms to the global environment, and which becomes the core technology for human beings, to venture into space.” writes the team. Through this artificial, gravity-driven life device, humans can give birth and raise children and obtain a body that can return to Earth at any time.

Japanese teams are developing an artificial gravity facility that could enable life in space
Images from Kyoto University

an artificial gravity system with public transport

The Japanese teams’ space migration plan so far has only focused on ensuring air, water, food and energy, which are the basic necessities for people’s survival during migration, and nature or a natural environment, which forms the basis for survival factors on the Earth. They argue that when contemplating life beyond Earth, they must also consider a plan based on how societal systems exist in the celestial environment that provide clothing, food and shelter and realize a society in space . “We envision a future where, in the second half of the 21st century, humanity will make migration to the Moon and Mars a reality and will define the global ecosystem system from which elements have been extracted as the core biome complex.” write the teams. They also aim to provide feedback on environmental protection and human society education for the project, and one of their goals is to establish a mini-core biome in the artificial gravity life facility.

In terms of the public transportation system, the teams aim to develop the Hexatrack system, an interplanetary transportation system for Earth, Moon and Mars that will maintain 1G even during long-distance journeys. In the future space society where life on the Moon and Mars will become a reality, the teams see every colony or residential group conducting economic activities and many people relocate for business or tourism reasons. To help them with ease, they will build an artificial gravity transportation system through rotation with the railway system as the basic module to minimize the health effects of low gravity. The teams have even started naming the stations Luna Station on the moon, Mars Station on Mars to be installed on the moon, and Terra Station on Earth, which will be the successor space station to the ISS.

Japanese teams are developing an artificial gravity facility that could enable life in space
Japanese teams are developing an artificial gravity facility that can enable life in space

an artificial gravity system from Japan

Yosuke Yamashiki, director of the SIC Manned Cosmology Research Center and the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies University of Kyoto says that while the United States and the United Arab Emirates are proactively proposing migration to Mars, the Japanese teams would like to send a completely original idea from Japan. Through the discussions over the past few years, the director said he is confident that these three pillars they propose are core technologies that are not included in other countries’ development plans and are indispensable to the realization of human space colonization in the future ensure. Takuya Ohno, Senior Researcher at Kajima Construction Co.,Ltd.says he is very grateful to be able to research the realization of an artificial gravity housing facility together with Kyoto University during this time, which he regards as an advance towards space life and tourism. “We will work to make this collaborative research meaningful for humanity,” he comments.

Japanese teams are developing an artificial gravity facility that could enable life in space
The facility has a cylindrical, dome-like shape

Japanese teams are developing an artificial gravity facility that could enable life in space
the presented public transport system

Project info:

Surname: The glass

Researcher: University of Kyoto, Kajima Construction Co.,Ltd.

Matthew Burgos | design boom

July 11, 2022

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