Monday Inspo - Outer Space Design [03/07/2022]
Our team thought it would be fun to start out our weekly team meetings every Monday morning with some design inspiration. It's been really great to share design inspiration of all kinds with each other and in doing so - we thought it would be fun to share it with all of you! This week, we are featuring a few new concepts for Outer Space Design. Two of the three concepts were designed by women and as a (currently) all-woman firm, we were particularly excited to celebrate that!
Check out the links to the articles we discussed below:
The Vulva Spaceship, Vulva Spaceship aims to counter prevalence of phallic spacecraft
'A German feminist art group has revealed a vulva-shaped spaceship concept, which it is encouraging the European Space Agency to help realise in order to better represent humanity in space and "restore gender equality to the cosmos."' - excerpt from a dezeen article, Author: Rima Sabina Aouf, Date: March 3, 2022
Link to the full dezeen article here: https://www.dezeen.com/2022/03/03/vulva-spaceship-design-aims-to-counter-prevalence-of-phalluses/
What are your thoughts on the design of this space craft? In our team discussion, we all agreed that we loved the idea of taking a whole new look at the traditional forms of space craft design. It's also great they are finding this form to be more aerodynamic. With that being said, rather than just moving from one human anatomy to another, why not just work backwards from what forms are the most aerodynamic and developing a concept from there? As women, we love the sentiment here and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Spaceship Neptune Vessel by Space Perspective
'"Space Perspective is one of numerous enterprises racing to make the sci-fi notion of space tourism a reality, alongside Elon Musk's SpaceX, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic – although the Florida-based company is doing things differently.
Unlike traditional space vehicles which use rocket power to blast their way into the sky, Space Perspective plans to lift tourists gently through the atmosphere in ships tethered to hydrogen balloons.
The ride will be so gentle that passengers will be able to enjoy drinks at the bar, though alcohol servings will be limited due to mass constraints.' - excerpt from a dezeen article, Author: Nat Barker, Date: February 3, 2022
Link to the full dezeen article here: https://www.dezeen.com/2022/02/03/space-perspective-tourism-jane-poynter-interviews/
Von Braun Space Station: A Space Hotel
'The first commercial space hotel will be more like a cruise ship than Stanley Kubrick's sleek space station from 2001, says Tim Alatorre, senior design architect of the Von Braun Space Station.
It will have gravity, full-working kitchens, bars, and interiors made with natural materials and colours.
"Eventually, going to space will just be another option people will pick for their vacation, just like going on a cruise, or going to Disney World," Alatorre told Dezeen.
"The goal of the Gateway Foundation is to have the Von Braun operational by 2025 with 100 tourists visiting the station per week, he continued.
"Because the overall costs are still so high most people assume that space tourism will only be available to the super rich, and while I think this will be true for the next several years, the Gateway Foundation has a goal of making space travel open to everyone."' - excerpt from a dezeen article, Author: Tom Ravenscroft, Date: August 29, 2019
Link to the full dezeen article here: https://www.dezeen.com/2019/08/29/space-hotel-architect-von-braun-space-station/
The Vulva Spaceship