Kalpana One

Kalpana One

Here’s a little introduction to the Kalpana One space settlement, followed by a rotation and fly-past.

Kalpana One is a modern space-settlement design conceived in the mid-2000’s by Al Globus, Nitin Arora, Ankur Bajoria and Joe Strout.

Kalpana was named in honour of Dr Kalpana Chawla, India’s first female astronaut and one of the seven crew members who perished in the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy.

Kalpana refines and improves upon earlier designs from the 1970’s, especially in the areas of rotational stability and thermal management.

Rotation Rate: ~2rpm
Radius: 250m
Length: 325m
Circumference: 1570m
Surface Area (at 1G level): 510,000m^2
Population: ~3000

My source was the 2007 paper “The Kalpana One Orbital Space Settlement Revised”.

If you have questions, you may want to have a look at the paper.Here’s a link to a PDF:


Original 3D models and animation by fragomatik.

“Breathe the Sun” by SackJo22
(feat. Audiotechnica, Porch Cat, Voyager, NASA, Stanford)

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* Green scape texture:
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