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Fantasy Science Fiction (January 1953 Issue)
Copyright, 1953, by Fantasy House, Inc.
The cover painting by Alex Schomburg was titled "Earth's artificial satellite." The
circular spoke-wheel space station design suggests artificial gravity is present by virtue
of Newton's laws which imply centrifugal force imparted by a rotating platform.
The supply vehicles make an interesting study. A single rocket engine thrusts
each of the red craft toward the apparent docking berths atop the axis of the space
station. Without wings, the red bug-like sortie craft are true orbital maneuvering
vehicles (OMVs) unable to reenter Earth's atmosphere except via a ballistic type
descent. The propane tank shape is not appropriate for such a reentry. The rocket
thrust must be steerable such than each craft may pitch and yaw into its berth when
required. There appears to be no means of controlling roll. The view of
the passengers could be quite varied depending upon the random roll of the craft.
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