Once our colony will be fully developed (aproximately 50 years) we will increase the settlemet’s altitude above 2000 km with the help of rocket engines. The second stage of Project Syzygy will begin once the habitat arrives in MEO where the same program of decongesting the orbit will take place.
3.5.1. Defensive Protection System (DPS)Whipple shields, more specific Mesh-Double Bumper shields, will be used to protect the structural integrity and the insulation of the settlement. This model had achieved the best performance among all the other whipple shields, this being the main reason why we chose to use it (it can withstand impacts even greater than 18 Km/s). The International Space Station also uses whipple protection to shield its astronauts from potentially harmful objects. The type of shield we chose to use on Syzygy consists of 4 layers of materials.
? Mesh bumper (first layer): 0.2 cm of anodized aluminium plate? Bumper plate (second layer): 0.2 cm of Nextel plate? Fabric layer (third layer): 0.2 cm of Kevlar plate? Rear wall (fourth layer): 3 cm of Aerogel (the single known material to stop objects athiper velovity without vaporizing them)The whipple shield will cover the entire surface of Nova cylinder,Corona cylinder,water cylinders and the exposed segments of the central axis (25 m long each one). The paraleipipedes will be entirely protected by whipple shields only on 5 sides, the remaining one being covered with quarts glass to provide natural light for the cultures.
3.5.1. Offensive Protection System (OPS)If our monitoring system determines the fact that a dangerous object is heading towards Syzygy, we will use solar-pumped lasers to change the object’s trajectory. These laser systems will be situated on the 4 sides of each paralelipipedes.
We chose this location because it offers us a straight and stable surface. It is very important to detect any threat in advance so we can efficently prepare. Onboard Syzygy’s command centers ultra high frequency (UHF) and super high frequency (SHF) systems will be built:? UHF-offeres continuous tracking (frequencyes between 300MHz-3GHz)