We’ve just prepared a little white paper on the benefits of High Frontier for STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. There are substantially more and better paying jobs in STEM fields than in non-STEM fields, but only about a fourth of high school freshmen express any interest in STEM fields, and half of those
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We’ve just released version 0.09 of High Frontier, the space settlement simulation game!
Version 0.06 of High Frontier is out today! Here’s a little video demonstrating the new rotational dynamics. [youtube=http://youtu.be/cfFhHiUUtVw]
It’s been a long few weeks. Since we first announced High Frontier, we’ve been releasing new versions about once a week. After version 0.05 was released on July 24th, we expected version 0.06 to come out around the end of July. All we had to do was implement rotational dynamics, so we could have realistic
In 2007, I worked with the original designers of the Kalpana One orbital settlement to revise the design for rotational stability. To recap, you can measure how much rotational inertia an object has around any axis, but in the case of a space colony, what really matters is how the intended spin axis compares to
I’ve long been an advocate for thinking carefully about rotational dynamics in space colony design. For any given object, some spin directions may be inherently unstable, as you can see in this video. In the spacecraft industry, there is a well-known rule of thumb that the desired spin axis must have a moment of inertia