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Stage 1-Primary Crew and Support Stage Technical Specifications

Diameter of Stage 1 section: 15 feet
Height of Stage 1 section: 80 feet
Weight of Stage 1 section  (fueled): 228,450 pounds
Weight of Stage 1 section  (empty): 58,500 pounds
Reaction Engines Installed in Stage 1: 4 J3C variable pitch single nozzle array
Chemical Propellants Used For Fueling Liquid Oxygen (19,600 gallons)
Liquid Hydrogen (74,000 gallons)
Combined Thrust Output: 300,000 pounds of thrust
Thrust Duration:

Total thrust can be sustained for 18 minutes

TECHNICAL DATA-   Stage One is the primary crew support stage for the system of ANSA Deep Interstellar Explorers.  Stage One contains the primary living quarters for the crew when they are awake, exercise areas, lab facilities, mission supplies, head, Low to Zero G (LZG) shower system, stellar observatory, main computer system, backup computer system, computer system interface console, extensive crystal storage batteries, deployable solar power accumulator, main airlock, EVA equipment, space suit storage, and other required materials and installations required for a several year long deep interstellar flight.

The engines and fuel tanks of Stage One allow it to be used as an emergency escape vehicle should a problem occur with Stage Two or the Daedalus drive.  In an emergency situation (only), Stage One and the "Icarus" command module can explosively uncouple and rapidly accelerate out of any contamination or detonation zone.  While not capable of interstellar speeds, the range of Stage One is still appreciable, especially if the suspended animation chambers are used by the crew.  In the event of a unforeseen catastrophe with the Daedalus drive or the onboard nuclear fusion reactor, the transponder unit aboard Stage One would allow a follow-up rescue mission to find the first flight.

The crew can survive in suspended animation on battery power alone for upwards of six months for four crew.  This can be extended through the use of power management and four high capacity solar panels which may be deployed from the spacecraft in the event of a emergency separation.


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