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Starship habitat reality show

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 09, 2020
A reality show streamed from inside the actual Starship nosecone for the duration of the trip to Mars.

  1. Get SpaceX to lend you a spare starship nosecone
  2. Outfit it approximately as planned for the first manned trip to Mars
  3. Have a crew of interesting volunteers live in it for 7 months - the time it will take for the actual starship to reach Mars
  4. Live stream it online like a reality show. The daily best parts could also be made into a TV show
  5. Use this as practice for the actual trip. Study the psychological aspects
  6. SpaceX can iterate on the interior design based on this experience
  7. Make the 2nd season during the actual trip to Mars
The entire thing can be done in Boca Chica, in some corner of the SpaceX premises. Elon can probably spare a cone. They aren't going anywhere for the next few months.

What do you think? Would you watch the show? Would you volunteer?:)
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Starship in Atacama desert

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Jul 11, 2021
Place the starship in Atacama desert and keep the crew completely isolated from external environment for the entire "trip" duration. This would be a good way to test all the ship's systems and discover any problems befor the actual trip.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni17 days ago
Maybe keep the ship orbiting the Earth like a satellite for a more realistic gravity-free experience.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic17 days ago
Shubhankar Kulkarni I think they will do that as soon as the tech is ready. In the meantime, they could test the psychological aspects of long space travel and the initial version(s) of life support systems on the ground.

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Povilas S
Povilas S10 months ago
Good idea. Of course, the second season sounds much more exciting:) There might also be another more serious problem related to the 1st season - I wonder will there be zero gravity conditions during the trip to Mars (like in an ISS) or will they try to simulate it in some way, maybe there is a momentum from the engines that works a bit like gravity (sorry I don't know enough about this and googling it seems to be not the easiest topic either 0_o), because if there will, they would have to produce this on Earth for the whole time, which would be way too complicated if possible at all..
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Povilas S
Povilas S10 months ago
I found this related info: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/11/01/humans-may-need-fake-gravity-reach-mars-without-brain-damage/
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic10 months ago
That link is behind a paywall. They wouldn't be able to test in zero gravity for the first season. There's still plenty they could learn like psychological aspects, suitability for so many people, etc
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Povilas S
Povilas S10 months ago
I've managed to read it all by taking screenshots. Sometimes slower internet might be of use:D It's nothing special, simply about long exposures to microgravity being proven to have serious health effects and that this should be sorted out before taking humans and especially civilians to Mars.