After the construction of PSO and the “Waterworld” (-> This is unfortunately not yet documented, so I can’t write about it yet), I now have a plan for a bigger construction project. I will convert the LEGO Set 75159 Death Star UCS into a space base. The space base will then be used in the Gamma System (star RX J1856) to explore the exploitation potential of a neutron star.

The idea is to take over the basic structure of the 75159 set and then re-do the individual rooms in ClassicSpace style, e.g. with a small hanger for a research ship, naturally many antennas and sensors, laboratories, measuring stations, research facilities, crew quarters, camps, etc.

Since the set is quite big and I have hardly any parts that fit, this will be the first digital model in a long time. I plan to develop the essential elements in Stud.io and then over time buy and build the parts.

At the moment I’m busy building the set 75159 in Stud.io and some things are already being adjusted.

Update

While progressing in building the basic structure, I started also to change the color code and set-up first rooms on the lower main floor:

  • Small Hanger for a SunHopper
  • Heliophysics Lab with capacity to investigate samples for materials returned by the SunHopper and SuClipper
  • Antenna Array
  • In general more antennas

We also see on the middle floor a second hanger but this is not certain yet

Finished

So during my vacation week in November I was able to finish the Stud.io model. In total the digital model has 4092 parts and is therefore my biggest MOC so far. But with the template it is not surprising:

The StarBase is finished and ready for operations!

The space station has

  • On the lowest deck a storage room
  • A Helio-Physics laboratory on the first deck
  • A hanger for the SunHopper
  • The Main Reactor
  • One controllable antenna
  • The large antenna array
  • Crew accommodation with sleeping berths, lockers, lounge, …
  • Main antenna with control computer
  • A hanger for the NeutronJet
  • Central operations
  • Controllable Helio-Physics Antennas
  • Droid-Repair Workshop
  • Meeting room
  • Control room for the main antenna

Of course the space station is very similar to the original model, has the same room layout and also the room / deck sizes are the same, the rooms were simply equipped differently:

Lower Deck

Except for the color scheme, little has changed in the lower deck compared to the original. I might add some more containers, parts while building, robot etc., maybe a small car or a small glider, we’ll see.

1st Floor Deck

The large antenna deck consists of two antenna strips and some smaller steerable side antennas. The antenna array is mainly used to record the gravitational waves of the neutron star. This is especially intended to record physical processes inside RX J1856. in potential combination with other antennas of the StarBase, which measure in different wavelength of the spectrum, the science team is getting every day a better understanding of RX J1856.

Antenna control and calibration is performed by high-performance computers from the platform in the rear deck area. The elaborate and dedicated control by some computer system is necessary to detect the slightest fluctuations in the space-time continuum.

The analysis of the date is done in the Helio-Physics Lab.

Hint: The picture of the plans provide a misleading view, each arm of the array will be connected with each other.

The Helio-Physics Lab runs the various simulation and result analysis coming in from the antenna array.

It allows to analyse samples from the residual material of the supernova forming the neutron star. The samples are collect by the SunHopper and powerful mass spectrometers in the Helio-Physics Lab can break them down on atom level and provide a complete history of the elements. And it seems, the dust in the NeutronStar System contains valuable materials that can be harvest.

And first simulation done in the Helio-Physics lab show, that the Neutronstar can be harvested for energy. Thus a mining space station, collecting the dust and small debris still floating through system and processing it, could become reality.

The main reactor supplies the space station with energy. Since there is no easy way to use the neutron star for energy generation at the moment, the space station is supplied with energy by a fusion reactor. The reactors of the latest generation are quite compact and require little maintenance. Therefore the reactor can be monitored and controlled from the control room.

In order to better investigate the Neutron Star, a SunHopper is also operating from the StarBase. The SunHopper has a dedicated hanger, that allows repairs and re-fueling. The rotating platform allows to access the SunHopper resp makes it easy for it to land and start. The approach to hanger is controlled by the two approach radars (grey dish with green transmitters) as of course a collision would have a devastating effect this far away from home. When the SunHopper has collected samples, they can immediately be transported to HelioPhysics Lab next door for analysis. The missions are in principle controlled from the main control room.

2nd Floor

The main antenna is the main instrument of the StarBase and is used to study the neutron star. The antenna allows to scan the star in different frequency ranges. At the same time the main antenna is also an active instrument, which irradiates the star with different frequencies and analyzes the corresponding echoes. Due to the size and the various subapertures the main antenna achieves a resolution over a huge spectrum never reached before.

However, the various subaperatures, receivers and transmitters must be synchronized with each other in a complex way. This is done by special computers located directly behind the antenna to minimise the signals delays and to controls them without any loss of time.

The antenna controls are located in the deck above the antenna.

The measurement results are recorded and evaluated in the main control center.

In addition to the SunHopper the NeutronJet was built. Thanks to its special shape and construction the NeutronJet can fly much closer to the neutron star than the SunHopper. However, as a result it is usually exposed to high levels of radiation and has to be decontaminated at great expense. The crane ensures that the ground etc. is not further contaminated. The floor hatch allows to analyze any samples directly in the Helio-Lab.