|A closer look at the wheel.
interior of the Collier's station
was thought out in detail. Modeled
after navy ships and manned by military personnel, the station would
boast facilities such as weather monitoring rooms, military
surveillance apparatus, navigational aids; all powered by a
solar-heated mercury boiler & turbine plant. In the centre of
the wheel was a "despun" section housing the airlock.
Price tag for all this? Four billion dollars
in 1952 American currency. That is twice the cost of the
Manhattan project. It was the mark of project worth doing well.
It was also a price tag that would plague space programmes around the
world from day one. Space flight is possible, but it is insanely