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Megastructures Bishop Ring
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Published: May 28, 2018
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A Bishop Ring is a space habitat similar to but much smaller than a Niven Ring. Instead of being centered around a star, it is orbiting a star or planet, thus has a much smaller diameter.

It was first proposed in 1997 by Forest Bishop of the Institute of Atomic Scale Engineering. The original proposal would have it be 1000 km in radius and 500 km in width, although other proportions would be possible.

The ring would spin to produce artificial gravity using centrifugal force, and would not need to be enclosed as is the case with other spinning space habitats, as it would be large enough for the atmosphere to stick to the surface through gravity and possibly an atmospheric retention wall.

By giving a tilt to its orbit, you could achieve a natural day and night cycle, or illumination could be achieved using mirrors or an artificial sun at its center.
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Xhodocto385's avatar
awesome, these megastructures are great!, but what happened to any future Xeelee stuff?.
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ArtOfSoulburn|Professional Digital Artist
Xeelee stuff is on hold right now, but I'll get back into it at some point, maybe the new book that's coming out next month will inspire me :)
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21burkettw's avatar
Halo Infinite is looking great.
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KeybladeKnight99's avatar
Daaaaaang, Halo really let itself go.
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ArtOfSoulburn|Professional Digital Artist
Wait till you see the O'Neill Cylinder, that's even fatter :)
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haviocwolf's avatar
im a bit out of my depth here on this terms but is still cool and i llke  the concept of mega structures like this 
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ArtOfSoulburn|Professional Digital Artist
Glad you dig it!

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MichaelJohnMorris|Professional Digital Artist
This looks very cool. :)
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ArtOfSoulburn|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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MichaelJohnMorris|Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D
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hgfggg's avatar
Thinking of doing a banks orbital next? 
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ArtOfSoulburn|Professional Digital Artist
Well, this is sort of a thick banks orbital, so I'll likely move on instead to new structures that have different physics.
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FourWaterReed|Hobbyist General Artist
The Banks Orbitals are much, much wider in diameter - a million km or so IIRC.
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hgfggg's avatar
Thick and smol!
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Vumpalouska's avatar
Awesome as always. Not as grandiose as a Niven Ring or Alderson Disk, but much more practical and realistic.
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ArtOfSoulburn|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Vumpalouska. Megastructures come in all shapes and sizes :)
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SomeKindaSpy's avatar
Now this is excellent!

You should do a Birch Planet next! Apparently, it's actually quite possible to do with our universe's laws of physics!
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ArtOfSoulburn|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Hadn't heard of a birch planet before, will look into it!
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SomeKindaSpy's avatar
This should help in that


Apparently, within our laws of physics, you can make some HUGE structures.
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ArtOfSoulburn|Professional Digital Artist
Gotcha. Not sure if I can do this structure, as I'm trying to avoid illustrating structures that only have a single example in literature, but I'll look into it.
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Kasterborous's avatar
I've long been interested in the concept of a Bishop Ring. Finding decent images of them is so difficult! Good work.
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ArtOfSoulburn|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Kasterborous!
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ShaozChampion|Student Digital Artist
I wonder what the crews of the habitat would do in the event of emergencies or contingency plans should the centrical engingeering ring were to fail or other mechnaized distaster
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