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Old January 9 2013, 06:26 PM   #15
Re: Space Station K-7

Indeed. But transporters are such a convenience in the 23rd century already that hard dockings might in fact be extremely rare events.

If "clumsy" and "primitive" means of spacecraft interaction still are practiced, there is always also the possibility of the segments of the sombrero rims sliding open, that is, pivoting on the central axis and overlapping to open a wedge into the rim. There might be some massive easy-access hold capacity there; all the habitat volume might be concentrated inside the porthole-covered cones.

Timo Saloniemi
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