1.23.2012

Rex Caelestis: Tycho Brahe Space Station

 From the Encyclopædia of Science and Technology, Ed. Ivan Krzykowski, St. Petersburg: Imperial Institution of Russia, 2310.

The Tycho Brahe Space Station (Russian: Браге) was the first space station program undertaken by the Russian Empire at the personal behest of Supreme Ruler Henryk Severnov; Construction was conducted over a period of eleven years from 2184 to 2193 with the first components launched on 19 April, 2184. The space station was a wheel-shape design using centrifugal force to create an early form of artificial gravity.

Begun five years after the first post-"One World Government" space flight, Tycho Brahe marked the next phase in development of old technologies recovered from previous civilizations. Many of the core components were launched from earth, where these had been construction by various small manufactories across the Russian Empire. Other components were "recycled" from the various abandoned installations still in orbit that could be salvaged. This program allowed space station technology to evolve to the permanent space outposts now spread throughout the solar system. This station remained in active use into the 23rd century, being mothballed after Fr. Kepf's development of artificial gravity rendered the impractical centrifuge configuration obsolete.

The station was named by the Supreme Commander himself after the Danish astronomer, specifically (and some say, provocatively) because the latter was a geocentrist who had combined what he saw as the mathematical benefits of the Copernican system with the philosophical and "physical" benefits of the Ptolemaic system.

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