The Spaceships of Ezekiel
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The Spacecraft - Part G


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Chapter 4

The Spacecraft (Part H)

(Part G)
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The command capsule

    The capsule is located at the center of the upper part of the main body and therefore at the uppermost point of the spaceship (Fig. 4). It consists of a cylindrical portion about 6-1/2 feet in diameter and its upper part is convex like the bulkhead of a pressure vessel. This external shell is made of a glasslike transparent synthetic material. A sealed hatch through which the crew can leave the capsule is located in the curved upper portion. In the floor of the capsule a similar hatch provides access to the interior of the spaceship.  [p.41] 

    The capsule can be released and separated from its supporting structure. It can then leave the spaceship under its own power and later return to it. This procedure can be initiated and operated both directly and by remote control. Power for such flights is supplied by cold-gas rockets. This may sound fantastic, but it should be pointed out that such capabilities do not include elements that are not—at least on a smaller scale—available today.

    Because of this independent flight capability, the capsule is supplied only with the necessary minimum of equipment. Most of the equipment is stored underneath in the spaceship; all installations of the capsule are automatically connected to it as long as the capsule remains attached to the vehicle, that is, as long as the capsule does not fly by itself.

    The interior of the capsule thus contains only the two or three seats for the crew, the control equipment, the instrument panel, and the communication equipment. Normally, air supply is provided by the main unit, and small air supply units are provided only for use in case of an emergency.

    With the exception of the seats, all other installations take very little room. Hence, visibility is excellent, which makes it also possible to clearly see the interior of the capsule from the outside!

The commander

    Without any other identification Ezekiel always describes the commander of the spaceship simply as a "man." Despite his ability to observe and describe in great detail it seems that he did not see anything noteworthy. It can therefore be assumed that the commander looked like a human being and was not different from the average man of that time in size or shape of his body. The suit of the commander did impress Ezekiel, however—it had a surface resembling gold or brass. From our own work today we know that this indicates the intention of providing insulation against too high temperatures.

    The commander is equipped with a device with which he can fly by himself. This capability is significant in several phases of his trip: after the landing of the spaceship the commander can use it to fly to the ground through the upper hatch. He will also use the same device to leap over obstacles on the ground or to avoid dangerous situations; he can also use it to fly back to his capsule at any time. In an unaccelerated flight outside the atmosphere the same device becomes important for inspecting and correcting small damages on the outside of the spacecraft.

    For docking to the mothership, the capsule is probably taken into an air lock through which the commander can enter the mothership. His small propulsive device, in addition to being useful on the ground, becomes an absolute necessity if for some reason normal docking should be impossible. In such an emergency the commander will leave the capsule through the upper hatch and fly over to the mothership. Naturally, during all operations carried out in vacuum, he must wear his space suit. However, this is no obstacle to the functioning of the propulsive device.

    It is necessary to stress here that the described capabilities of the device are neither exaggerated nor unrealistic. Propulsive devices of this kind were developed and tested for terrestrial use more than ten years ago. Fig. 12 shows a flight with such a device and is convincing evidence of the practical applicability of such systems. We know also of the experimental use of much smaller units in spaceflights performed to date. Of course, our designs of today represent very early stages, and there is no doubt that it will be possible to develop small devices of high quality that will far surpass contemporary models both in performance and in practical applicability.

    In addition, whenever the commander leaves the capsule, he is doubtlessly equipped with a small communication unit. With an additional remote-control unit he can separate the capsule from the spacecraft and maneuver it in any direction.

Man with self-contained rocket pack

Figure 12 Flight with a one-man propulsion unit

The function

    Starting point: orbit around the earth

    Both the layout of the spacecraft as well as the analyses provide a sure indication that it was designed to serve as a shuttle between a mothership and the surface of the earth. The mothership is in orbit around the earth and is both the starting point and the destination of all the spaceship's flights. We shall not put forward any considerations regarding the mothership and its origin. As already stated, my attitude results from the need to first solve one partial problem: to investigate the spacecraft as thoroughly as possible and to substantiate it through the knowledge acquired. We can turn to other problems only after we have fulfilled this task.

    Regardless of where that undefined mothership may have come from, it must, upon arrival in the proximity of the earth, reduce its speed in order to be able to get into an orbit around the earth and stay in it. The closer its orbit is to the earth, the more speed it has to sacrifice. A correspondingly larger increase of speed is required when it begins its flight home.

    Any change of speed—be it acceleration or deceleration—requires the thrust of the rocket engine. This means that propellant will be consumed. The smaller the differences in speed, the less propellant will be used. Therefore, an orbit of an altitude as high as possible is desirable for the mothership.

    The very opposite applies to the small spacecraft: since it provides shuttle traffic to the earth, it requires more propellant for its flight the higher the orbit of the mothership. The longer the trip, the larger the spacecraft must be. If all the operating conditions are known, the optimal height of the mothership's orbit can be calculated. Theoretically, such optimum altitude can be any value above 150-200 kilometers (80-110 nautical miles/93-124 miles).

    These theoretical possibilities are, however, limited by the necessity of taking the Van Allen radiation belt into account. In our case its south Atlantic anomaly is of importance: Here the zone of increased intensity comes as close as approximately 350 kilometers (190 nautical miles/217 miles) to the surface of the sea. We know today that flights through this radiation area are tolerated by the human body.

    Since we have no clues for an assessment of the optimum altitude, the assumption may be justified that the orbit of the mothership was some 350-400 kilometers (190-220 nautical miles/217-249 miles) above the surface of the earth.  [p.46] 

The flight to earth


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