The Alumaïd is a spacecraft that would travel our solar system using existing technology to ferry people, supplies, and equipment to various bases. Once its reliability and safety are proven, it could also be used for missions beyond Mars.
Last summer, Imaginactive released the Cycler spacecraft concept, which made headlines in the media because it proposed a way to ferry astronauts to the moon. The Alumaïd is a work in progress… It’s composed of building blocks of technologies being developed today. Therefore the Alumaïd borrows components from NASA, Bigelow Aerospace, Masten Space Systems, and Blue Origin, among others.
How it Works
The current layout of the Alumaïd is composed of an Orion spacecraft followed by two Bigelow Aerospace modules (B330), one first-generation Axiom space station, a Crew Dragon spacecraft, and a 100-foot-long cargo structure serviced by a Canadarm 2 mobile grip robot. Finally, two rockets designed by Masten Space Systems would be attached to each end to accelerate and decelerate the Alumaïd to its various destinations.
The Alumaïd would be manned by four astronauts and two R3 Robonauts by NASA. It would also be capable of transporting up to 8 passengers, most of whom would probably be space colonists going on the 160-day trip to Mars. Each spacecraft would be equipped with one Crew Dragon spacecraft on its side, which would serve as an additional command center, radiation safe haven, and emergency escape vehicle.
The B330 could be used as private sleeping quarters for the astronauts. The Axiom module could be used for daily activities, a viewing lounge, and a dining area. The 100-foot-long cargo hold would be used to secure cargo brought to orbit by heavy lift rockets such as Space X’s Falcon Heavy or Blue Origin’s New Glenn. The Canadarm2 translational robotic arm would be tasked with capturing and securing cargo on board.
The Alumaïd would be capable of dropping its Orion Spacecraft and and cargo equipped with retrorockets and inflatable bags. Of course the layout of the spacecraft will continue to evolve based on the feedback of experts. Should we create a revolving structure (artificial gravity) or can humans be kept in deep sleep for months at a time?
What It’s Used For
I believe that a spacecraft like the Alumaïd could serve as a proof of concept to test multiple technologies assembled together and demonstrate what can be accomplished with the current state of the art. It would also become a way to ‘kickstart’ the space tourism industry and develop space travel in our solar system.
I would like to thank Martin Rico for creating the images of the Alumaïd concept. Martin lives near Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied Design at the University of Buenos Aires and now works as a Freelance Industrial Designer. Martin also designed the Oxyde asteroid mining spacecraft and the Seataci biomimetic Yacht concept.