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Argo resupply by brickmack Argo resupply by brickmack
Between each mission, the DST would return to the LOP-G in cislunar orbit, where it will receive maintenance, resupply of cargo and propellant, and a fresh crew.


Argo (named for the ship of Greek legend) is an interplanetary habitat concept developed by the University of Michigan's Bioastronautics and Life Support System (BLiSS) www.facebook.com/michiganbliss… team under a NASA X-Hab grant. The toroidal habitat would be spun up to provide centrifugal artificial gravity during the transit to and from Mars. The same design, with a different internal layout, would be used on the Martian surface, eliminating redundant development work. BLiSS's work will be presented in July at the International Conference on Environmental Systems.

BLiSS commissioned me for a series of 6 illustrations of their concept. The Deep Space Transport Power and Propulsion Element, as well as LOP-G, shown in some renders were not covered by this study and are only representative.
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Plyendell Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018
How do you keep a rotating seal airtight? Some kind of thick oil lubricant?
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brickmack Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is no airtight rotating seal here. The middle part is completely unpressurized and only there for structural support. Hence why anything it docks to has to attach radially. Kinda weird choice, but that was probably motivated by avoiding the risk of a seal failure on such a critical part
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