I remember my first Lego toy that I received when I was about 5 years old. I still have a couple of the pieces from that first kit. It was an ambulance. I was hooked. With some additional Legos throughout the years, I ended up with what I thought was a good collection of Legos.
One of my persistent themes in Lego building has been space ships. But not just spaceships that you can pick up and fly around. The kind of spaceship with actual people in them. With everything the people in them need to live. In some cases the ship was a battle spaceship fighting aliens, and in some cases it was a research ship encountering aliens for the first time.
This theme, mixed with the Star Wars, Star Trek, Silent Running, and many other sci-fi movies of similar genres, were intermixed in my space ship building. 40 years later, a lot more technical experience, life experience, and a whole lot more Legos, and here is what I have come up with.
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What is a space craft? A space craft is a ship with one or more survival compartments.
The more survival compartments the better.
Things break. Emergency systems must be able to be worked on in full environment space suit.
All parts of the hull need to be accessible for emergency patching.
Nuclear cores may need to be ejected at a moment’s notice. Backup cores are required when mission length exceeds battery/solar capabilities.
Each compartment should have a minimal self support system: (environmental control – heating/cooling, air supply/filtration, water vapor recovery, fire suppression).
Each compartment should have a minimal maintenance support: replacement filters for oxygen filter, water filter, systems control module replacements, hull patching supplies, indicators and lighting replacements.