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    ETT takes advantage of the newly constructed space elevator to give our passengers a gentle and affordable trip. Some of the features onboard your ETT capsule include:

  • Ribbon climbing drivetrans are built directly into the ETT spacecraft.
  • 133% Life-support system.
  • Lunar vacation packages lasting three weeks.
  • Broadband network connection on elevator.
  • Large bay windows, OLEDS display points of interest (picture in window)
  • Onboard telescopes
  • Auto-tinting glass minimizes sun glare.
  • Magnetic Sheilding reduces radiation from Cosmic Rays
  • Capsules ranging from 2-4 passengers
  • Designed for comfort in both regular and micro-gravity wells.
  • Cargo space
  • Theme packs (i.e. defend earth from aliens)
  • Observation deck is a large domed area, showing 360 degrees horizontal and at least 180 degress vertical. Dome is coated with 2 layers of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). With two layers, oleds can display supplemental information transparently onto the dome, or become "solid" and display a non-transparent images.
  • All controls are touchpads, displays are led or lcd

    observation deck, galley, head, quarters for up to 4 (say, two cabins)

    Key design featues of spacecraft set a new standard for complexity, comfort and image. People have watched television shows portraying spacious and high-tech space transports for decades, therefore the most rewarding market strategy combines the costumer's expectations with a high degree of functionality. For example, the craft should employ lightweight and effecient technologies like leds and lcds, but refrain from adding anything erroneous for mere asthetic reasons (e.g. plastic paneling, cardboard displays, etc). The Space Elevator has a weight limit of 20 tons. Because of this, the total weight of the craft should not exceed 20 tons unless orbital parking facilites exist. If so, the spacecraft could be assembled and maintained in orbit, allowing the craft to weigh much more then the 20 ton limit.

    Propulsion System

    The preferred form of propulsion for the spacecrafts assinged to lunar vacations is the relatively simple and dependable chemical rocket. The space elevator provides the craft with a large enough amount of velocity so that the engines are mainly for braking, course correction and redundency.

    However, chemical propulsion has sever limits when used with massive spacecraft or when large delta V is needed. While most payloads and ships could still be launched with nothing but the initial velocity from the Space Elevator, the transit between destinations may be too long for commercial passengers. Space travel will never reach maturity until an equivlent of the terrestrial airline is established. For these, a more powerful and complex system is required to reach higher velocities. Nuclear Fusion Propulsion provides huge advantages compared to chemical rockets, and may even pave the way to interplanetary travel.

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