O'Neill Cylinders

The O’Neill cylinder is named after an American physicist and space scientist who sought to engage his students by getting them to think about big problems—space settlement, in particular. He also led symposiums where the concepts behind large, permanent space habitats—including the cylinder that bears his name—were hashed out.

The basic principle is fairly simple. Construct a cylinder at least half a kilometer in diameter so that it can be rotated at low speed and provide 1 g of artificial gravity all along the interior wall. Vary the length to the intended population size, up to thirty-five kilometers. Divide that wall into six equal segments, three of which are gigantic windows. Cap both ends to enclose the volume. Install three large mirrors to reflect natural sunlight through the windows, as needed. Pressurize the interior to one atmosphere and outfit the three habitable walls as you see fit.


Concept for a space station with gravity.

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