How-To with: Building a spaceship

Posted: November 19, 2012 in How-To
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Instructions

  1. Gain the Experience

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      Educate yourself. Building a space ship is going to require an advanced  understanding of various skills in math and science. Degrees in engineering,  biological or physical sciences or mathematics are needed.

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      Receive training. On the job training is needed to understand all the  elements that go into creating such a complicated vehicle. Look for internships  and career placement with NASA or other opportunities that relate to your  degree.

  • 3

    Get a job. Once you have the necessary qualifications look for a job that  allow you the opportunity to build a space ship. NASA is the leader in building  space ships but a few privately owned companies are building space ships  too.

Design and Build

  • 4

    Assemble a team. One individual can’t build a space ship. It takes a team of  highly skilled engineers and professionals who each contribute their advanced  knowledge in science and mathematics to the project.

  • 5

    Define a mission. Ask questions to determine the outcome of going into space.  Start planning the type of space ship you need to build in order to achieve the  goal.

  • 6

    Determine a payload. The payload is what your space ship carries. Sometimes  it’s a piece of equipment used to study outer space or it may carry  people.

  • 7

    Design your space ship. To design your space ship with all the necessary  support systems to complete the mission. It should be designed to be self  sufficient for the length of its journey in outer space.

  • 8

    Analyze and test your space ship. Study the designs of the ship, its weight  and shape. Consider the design ability to move beyond Earth’s atmosphere and  maneuver in outer space. Design the space ship using computers and begin to test  its performance in all areas.

  • 9

    Build a model. Create a small scale model. Use this to assist you with  finishing the design. Make changes until the space ship’s individual parts meet  all performance requirements. Create a full size model to test for any design  flaws.

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    Make a prototype. The prototype tests the space ship’s ability to operate in  outer space. Various tests are run to simulate conditions of space travel over  many hours. Once all test are passed your space ship is ready for  production.

Tips & Warnings

  • A space ship can cost billions of dollars to design and build. Few people are  able to afford the expense on their own.

  • The more experience you have the better. Consider obtaining advanced degrees  that may allow you to bypass most on the job training.

  • Ways to save money and safely cut cost should be discussed in every stage of  the design process.

  • NASA and other such organizations are exclusive and constantly turn down  applicants. The competition to join the ranks is reserved for the most  qualified.

  • Due to extreme cost, the complexity of design and how important your space  mission is determined to be, your space ship may never make it past the design  phase.

— original source ehow.com —

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