AXM International Space Station

Discussion in 'Space & Aeronautics' started by Hans Christian, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. AXM61

    AXM61 Member

    Hi to the group,

    I'm attaching a couple of photos that will show some of the parts needed in the assembly of the radiator beam with the S1 and P1 trusses.
    Hope it helps.


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  2. Hans Christian

    Hans Christian Active Member

    I'm now guessing what that "secret" project is... :twisted:

    Those images are great sir!!! Very Helpful!!! :inw:
  3. underwoodl06

    underwoodl06 Member

    How could you possibly know what it is anyway?..There haven't been any hints to my knowledge..except for KIDS..anything is for kids really..ah i guess we'll see..
  4. spaceboy7441

    spaceboy7441 Member

    Those pictures are perfect AXM. I get it now. You posted at 10pm.That's what I call commitment. A lot of like plastic models you would be lucky to get support. YOU ARE THE BEST.:thumb:

    Can't wait to find out what the secret is.:mrgreen:
  5. AXM61

    AXM61 Member

    Hi to all again,

    Finally it's a reality. The link below is the Media Release about the secret project I mentioned before. CSIRO organization from Australia contacted me to join them in building a model of the ISS for children. They have become the first in the world to release such a model for kids... and AXM was there.

    I will ask the group to help promote this news to your local schools. Now kids 10 years or older can enjoy our hobby by making this simple model.

  6. Bengt F

    Bengt F Active Member

    ISS Model for Youngsters

    Hi Alfonso,

    This is indeed a very admirable initiative. The younger generation is perhaps one of the most important target group for card models, which is sometimes overlooked.

    They are the ones who are still learning about the world and it´s surroundings and what better way is there in understanding
    it´s wonderful complexity than to actually do it yourself in 3-D?

    Accomplishing your own model (not just bystanding and looking at your father building one) is a very satifactory feeling. That makes you grow and really boosts your self-asteem!

    Great work, Alfonso!

    Very best regards from Stockholm,
    Bengt :thumb:
  7. Michiru-Kaiou

    Michiru-Kaiou Member

    Great model! Thank you! I just downloaded it and will build it once I can use my left forefinger again. Although I already have a model of the ISS, but that one is the original concept, so it will be great to have a second model showing how it will look like in the current plans.

    I have to slightly disappoint you, your model is not the first ISS paper model aimed at kids, the one I bought and built is also aimed at kids. It came with this book (although I have the translated German edition):

    I like the fact, that yours is smaller and has the ATV!

    So, THANK YOU for this great model! I will have lots of fun building it!

    best wishes Michiru
  8. Hans Christian

    Hans Christian Active Member

    Sir, I have to say now that your commitment in this project is nothing short of inspirational... I can't say anything more... :inw: :inw: :inw:

    Right, I'll tell the school principal of the elementary school that I worked for as a volunteer about this, and also the high school where I graduated!!! :-D
  9. underwoodl06

    underwoodl06 Member

    Well said Hans, I dont think any of us can say anything..just "Keep up the great work Alfonso!"
  10. AXM61

    AXM61 Member

    Thanks for your kind words, guys.
    Michiru, I did not know about that book. Looks great. Too bad there are no pictures showing that ISS model.
    The model I designed for kids was a special request from this organization. It needed to be very simple so kids 10 years or older can build it. So, you can see it for yourself. It has basic shapes, a cylinder, a rectangular and the small pieces that make the rest of the modules. Very simple. It has no scale, and it was not supposed to be extremely accurate.
    It came out nice after all. Before the model was made public, a lot of beta tester kids in Australia started building the model themselves. It's a great feeling knowing that kids can enjoy building the ISS, too.
    Michiru, if you have photos of that ISS model, please share it with us.

  11. Michiru-Kaiou

    Michiru-Kaiou Member

    It really is a great book and it brings spaceflight closer to younger persons, although I mainly bought it because of the ISS model, I grew to like the book. It shows history of manned spaceflight and "daily life" on a space station, although it sadly focuses on US spaceflight and also has a few inaccuracies in it.
    Here are two photos of my model. Please excuse me my error in putting Kibo and Columbus on the wrong sides, I noticed when it was too late to correct the mistake.
    It is 50x40cm (1.6x1.3ft). I have no clue what scale it has.
    It wasn't as easy to build as your ISS is, it has an internal structure of thick cardboard and the outer "hull" isn't that thin, either. I needed four weeks to finish the model. It was the third or fourth model I ever built.

    best wishes Michiru
  12. milenio3

    milenio3 Active Member

    Alfonso, what a great project!!
    This is awesome!
    I have to take it to my kid´s school and promote modeling, Astronomy, and Astronautics.
    Thank you very much!!
  13. AXM61

    AXM61 Member

    Thanks Michiru for the photos.
    But I don't think that model is for young kids, it would be very difficult for them to build it themselves. That is a huge station model and has all the elements of the station. A very complex model and very nice, indeed.

    If you compare it to this new ISS kids version model, is very simple and designed for the little ones. They can build it with no help, and that was the purpose of designing this model.
    Thanks again.

  14. underwoodl06

    underwoodl06 Member

    Well as I wait for the arrival of the S3/4 and P3/4 I am working on getting hte ITS (namely the S0) ready to mount to the station's Destiny Laboratory. I got everything great and here are a couple pictures for everyone.
    The Destiny Lab with the S0 mounted on top. I didn't really glue it in place because I am going to need to take it off to attach the S1 and P1 trusses. I will lay them face down and glue them so they all stay straight along the track. (pictures are coming when I get them glued together)
    There was nothing at all wrong with Alfonso's great work on the wire trays but I wanted to add a bit of detail, so I painstakingly cut the wires away from the mounting trays and cut very thin strips of paper (yes that is paper) for the wires. I think it looks good. Any comments?
  15. Hans Christian

    Hans Christian Active Member


    NICE TOUCH!!! bounce7
  16. Nemesis7485

    Nemesis7485 Member

    She's looking very impressive so far. great work. One thing I've always wondered is what are the white circles with black centres for? I see these all over the ISS when I'm watching NASA TV but have never heard any reference to them on the comentary.
  17. spaceboy7441

    spaceboy7441 Member

    Very Nice!!
    It looks a lot better than mine. Mine isn't straight so I might have to carefully remove it and get it right. I was having some trouble gluing them together.

  18. underwoodl06

    underwoodl06 Member

    The only thing I can tell you is that the spots are docking targets. Dont ask me how they use them but I guess they find a way. Maybe someone else who knows a bit more can answer that one for ya.
  19. dhanners

    dhanners Member

    As for the white circles with black dots, here's this explanation from an interview with STS-115 Mission Specialist Dan Burbank:

    You’ve probably seen a lot of the pictures where there’ll be white circles with a black dot in the middle of it or in some cases a black circle with a white dot in the middle, and these are kind of oriented in various places on the space station. The Canadian Space Agency with their contractors developed this system, the Space Vision System. It allows us to use cameras to generate a computer solution that’ll give the operators that are flying the space station’s robotic arm -- typically but in some cases the shuttle’s robotic arm -- orientation, alignment cues, to very precisely locate elements that are being mated to other elements so that we can get them in, into what we call the capture envelope, where they're ready to be physically latched together. It’s a, basically, a photogrammetry system that does this.
  20. underwoodl06

    underwoodl06 Member

    Well I never knew it was like that, I only knew they were for some sort of alignment but I never figured that it was for the arm. They really did their planning before finishing this thing up. Thanks for the info David.

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