Happy New Year!
We begin 2018 having some brand new Station Module variants to share.
Here they are in action:
Those lines you see streaking across the upper atmosphere are the Command Modules launching and re-entering.
Progression in Space Station Continuum is separated into Eras. Each Era has its own technologies, challenges, and design styles. All of the new Modules featured here are inspired by real space station hardware of the past (and present). Each Module has a unique interior and matching Corner Module for 90-degree attachments.
Let’s begin with the first Module you’ll start with in the game. Its design is inspired by Skylab. Skylab was NASA’s first space station, launched in 1973 and de-orbited in 1979. You’ll need to look after yours to make it a bit more permanent!
Here’s Skylab as it looked in 1973:
And here’s how Skylab Era Modules will look in the game:
And here’s a bonus image with a Skylab Era Solar Array:
Next up, the Soviet Era. Mir, launched by the Soviet Union in 1986, was the first modular space station to be assembled in orbit. Pictures of Mir in the 80’s are hard to come by, but here’s how it looked in 1998:
Here’s how your Soviet Era modules will look in-game:
As you can see, we’ve taken a bit of artistic license here to Russian-it-up a bit. Hopefully it will be clear why after seeing the next Era:
The Shuttle Era. Despite its many issues, the Space Shuttle was undoubtedly a revolution in the capabilities of space station construction. So much became possible that simply couldn’t be done before, and this was a very exciting time in spaceflight history. We’ll cover what that means in-game in future updates, but for now let’s take a look at the Shuttle Era Modules you’ll be launching.
These Modules have been heavily inspired by Zarya – the first module of the International Space Station.
You may notice that Zarya bears a striking resemblance to many of Mir’s modules, hence the artistic Russian-ifying of those Modules in-game. Here’s the Zarya-inspired Shuttle Era Modules:
And finally (for now), the International Era.
The International Space Station stands (or flies) as a monument to the previously unseen level of international scientific collaboration that created it, and continues to support it. Modules, robot arms, experiments, and resupply vehicles from all over the world have contributed to building the single most expensive object ever created by humans.
The International Era will bring lots of exciting new equipment and activities to Space Station Continuum, and the Modules you’ll be launching are inspired by some of the later modules that make up the ISS. Specifically, the Destiny Laboratory Module.
Here’s how the International Era Modules look in-game:
I’m incredibly happy with how all of these have turned out, but personally this one is my favorite! What do you think? What pieces of space history would you like to see featured in Space Station Continuum?
See you in the next update for more exciting developments!