known as a "Nemitz Ring-City", is an improvement on the O’Neill
space city concept first developed by Gerard
K. O’Neill. The MetroCircus design offers incremental
growth and development of space city systems, allowing a learning
curve towards building full-fledged O’Neill space cities.
MetroCircus is a moving train on a circular track. It has
no front or back, it’s a seamless circle, or a circular track
full of cars. The train may use wheels on the track or be
a mag-lev system. The MetroCircus is inside a 1 kilometer
diameter circular trench or tunnel in an asteroid or small
planet. A train track is placed on the outer wall of the trench
or tunnel. The MetroCircus runs on the track, producing simulated
gravity by centripetal force.
main advantage of this design is that the moving structure
does not include the radiation shielding mass. This enables
far less massive structures and enables the early development
of large-scale habitable structures with simulated gravity
construction method can vary, from multiple cars to a welded
construction for a completely solid circle. The hull could
be up to several inches thick and made of nickel-iron, or
even solid Platinum Group Metals. One kilometer in diameter
is large enough to reduce or eliminate debilitating coriolis
effects. A one-kilometer MetroCircus would run at about 150
kph to simulate 0.40 gravity.
get on and off the moving city, another track runs alongside.
A ‘commuter bus’ accellerates to match speed with the city,
then workers and materials are transferred.
Eros Project thanks the Artemis Society International, http://www.asi.org,
a non-profit research foundation, Gregory Bennett, and Mike
Delaney for providing supporting technical analysis and MetroCircus