No AG Module? The Aldrin Cycler, of Course!

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Zero G Ruining Your Astronauts? No AG Module? The Aldrin Cycler, of Course! of COURSE!
After all my yammering about the importance of an Artificial Gravity (AG) Module en route to Mars (and beyond) ㅡ on Facebook and You Tube – why had no one among my aerospace-aficionado-friends reminded ㅡ or informed ㅡ me that the Aldrin Cycler could all but eliminate the need for an AG Module as it cuts the transit time to the Mars System to 5 months in the shortest windows?
Now, of course, all spacecraft that can be afforded to include an AG Module would ㅡ naturally ㅡ be much more humane and healthier for deep space-traveling astronauts, especially if they are to be frequent flyers over the course of their careers, but technically speaking 5 months to Mars is a lot shorter than 9 ㅡ thus further justifying a lack of an AG Module if necessary.
Now, of course, all spacecraft that can be afforded to include an AG Module would ㅡ naturally ㅡ be much more humane and healthier for deep space-traveling astronauts, especially if they are to be frequent flyers over the course of their careers, but technically speaking 5 months to Mars is a lot shorter than 9 ㅡ thus further justifying a lack of an AG Module if necessary.
That said, We can safely venture a guess that neither NASA nor SpaceX is going to send astronauts via the Aldrin Cycler method to Mars for a first mission ㅡ if at all, because of political, financial and technical concerns, but this is really the way to do it, from my perspective. And This all said, I still think we should not be building deep space modules without an AG Module. We don’t build cars, trains, buses, ocean ships or airliners on the safety-cheap ㅡ so why should we do it with spacecraft – where, of course, the argument for such makes one look like a sociopath.

WOKLDE

Artwork: Astro Carl ©Carl Atteniese 2018

Photo of Buzz Aldrin: Reddit

Cycler Diagram: Mars for Many (and of course, the amazing Dr. Buzz Aldrin)

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Carl is a Tokyo-based Writer, Artist, Videographer and Voice Actor from New York interested in Japanese, Ukiyo-e, philosophy and aerospace. For more about him, see his About pages.

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