Star Station India
Main Orbital Facility: Starbase 37
Thought I would create a page dedicated to my space station project. Since my Starbase 37 images are all focused on planetary surfaces, I suppose I’ll eventually get around to placing the station itself in eye-shot of its host world, but so far, everything here is dedicated to showcasing the construction of the facility itself. She’s a work-in-progress and probably will be for some time, Universe willing.
Some early test renders
The inner pier evolves
Most of the large doors accessing the huge maintenance bays are in place, with a plethora of smaller doors setting up shop for secondary bays and airlock facilities. The large bays are freely interconnected, essentially creating one immense bay throughout the pier structure, though sections can be isolated should the need arise. The bays are the primary staging area for the transfer and storage of cargo, as well as the parking and maintenance location for all the station’s auxiliary service craft. There are also many alternative docking ports for maintenance vehicles and shuttlecraft.
The piers have two major concourse levels which sandwich the main gangway extensions from above and below. The primary cargo and maintenance bays are directly beneath the lower concourse level. The upper concourse is similar to the interconnected maintenance bays, in that it fills the majority of its occupied level. The lower concourse, though taller in ceiling height, does not extend so widely without major structural interruption.
The large bay doors employ a cutting edge technology that has only recently spread into widespread use within Starfleet and across the Federation: Force fields for large scale atmospheric pressure containment.
The Concourses provide some remarkable views of any docked ship and the activities surrounding its upkeep. The Central bays, are partially enclosed due to the large jetty structures that define the individual piers, and are slightly better for berthing ships requiring more extensive maintenance.
Inward Projecting Docking Port & Lower Pylon Fueling Station
large bays taking shape on the inner pier structure. These two bays are separate from the large maintenance level, and can house nominally larger craft: most notably, long range warp shuttles and even a few merchant trader vehicles.
All four of the major pier assemblages feature one large docking port, centrally located at their primary station junctures. These docking ports are slightly more imposing than other pier gangways, but offer the same standards for all docking connections. Each projects inward toward the station’s axis of symmetry; Also, they’re level with all the other major gangways, situated just beneath, and completely connected to, the upper concourses of their respective pier structures.
A relatively short riser tower extends a set of connection clamps well above the platform level of the pumping station. The riser’s clamping section is adjustable and helps provide an impediment free hard dock with resupply access ports on the underbelly of appropriately equipped starships. Once a ship is secured and all out-flowing conduit nozzles have been coupled with their matching inlet valves, a wide variety of vital bulk materials can be, while concurrent, separately pumped directly into that ship’s assigned containment units, all to pressure or fluidity standards.
Of course, not all substances can be delivered simultaneously, and some materials with a more volatile nature actually require a dedicated pump cycle as a precautionary measure, but these are usually the final routines performed on all outbound vessels. Anti-matter supplies are rarely delivered directly into starship stores. Most Federation starships have some means of generating their own supply on board, though at a premium cost in energy. For that reason, the matter portion is usually delivered alone, and then converted aboard ship, compliments of the station’s power output. Individual magnetic bottles that meet containment certification standards can be filled directly with antimatter product, but as protocol dictates, only within the station’s own primary generator torus. If and when that antimatter must be delivered in its primed state, vessels are usually moved well clear of the station where it can delivered in its bottled format by special tender craft.
Though the refuel/resupply procedure can be implemented at any of the station’s central pier slips, this riser method offers a quick and convenient alternative, especially if the station’s port arrivals have unexpectedly exceeded its docking schedule and pier slips are at a premium.
More details to the underside of the inner pier area. View ports and mechanical detailing are falling into place. The doors servicing the large contiguous maintenance bay, now have their numeric markings in place.
Though they still offer some decent insight
This is some of my earliest work on Ray Dream Designer, probably 15 years old by now. There have been some significant changes and many refinements, but I’ve tried to aim for this same “feel” ever since I took on this subject again.