GIGABay and Ceres G Space Tourism Team is an ambitious proposal from Oscar Vinals, one of our favorite transportation designers that focuses on space tourism subject. We’ve been dreaming of the possibility to enjoy space adventure, becoming a privileged space tourist, now that dream looks like coming true, thanks to many Space Tourism projects which are in development today.
The proposal here consists of a large cargo plane called GIGABay and a spaceship shuttle called “Ceres G”, a compact vehicle built with the latest generation of high tech materials. You can read step by step details on how this system works in Vinals’ own words.
1. The “GIGABay” loads on its special cargo bay, there are 3 Spaceships “Ceres G”, one is at the launch pad and the other 2 subjected in a system similar to an industrial chain production, are located in the ceiling of the cargo bay. After launching the first vehicle “Ceres G”, the system loads another vehicle on the catapult launch, until all three spaceships are launched.
2. The “GIGABay” takes off from any airport, reaches 13,000m of altitude, opens tailgates (remember that the “GIGABay” concept plane is equipped with a special system to control the pressure inside cargo bay)… extends the EMSC System (Electro Magnetic Space Catapult) with a length of almost 50m (extended) of electro magnetic’s rail with an angle of inclination of 20° with the horizontal plane from the fuselage’s “GIGABay”; launches the “Ceres G” when it reaches an ejection speed of about 200km/h.
Designer : Oscar Viñals
3. The vehicle “Ceres G” is ejected about 200km/h, when the air flow “hits” on the back side, thanks to its design is pushed, reaching a speed of more than 600km/h.
4. A few seconds later, the rocket engine is started and the Spaceship “Ceres G” is propelled to an altitude of 115,000m.
5. Space tourists can enjoy few minutes in Zero Gravity … and after, thanks to 11 boosters’ “Ceres G” put the ship in the best path for a safe descent.
6. Thanks to a special designed “Ceres G” fuselage, this descends into a glide flight taking advantage of the airflow, redirecting it when intakes from the ducts over the fuselage and exit from the rear variables exhaust.
7. The “Ceres G” lands on any airport runway and our Space Adventure ends with success.
8. Six Space Adventurers have conquered the Space border; One pilot and five Space Tourists one of those with the privilege of having traveled in the co-driver seat.
The main goal of this concept Space Tourism transportation system is to optimize all resources while allowing more people to afford this space adventure. GigaBay has been designed as an eco-friendly concept airplane, perhaps we can start discussing “Green Space Tourism” in this 21st century.
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Isn't there a problem with the airflow going the wrong way on the dropped "shuttle?" This "push" that is mentioned is not really a push, it still has the forward momentum of the main craft which it will have to overcome with some serious G-force in order to attain it's own relative forward motion – thus getting the airflow over the control surfaces going the correct direction.
Not a very well thought out design.
Love concept, hate the "special" gantry to load, Isay reuse the old B29/.B52 way to load X planes
Place in pit & haul into plane on launch ramp
Awsome idea, radical.
Oscar, its a winner