Exodus Ark Ship
The Exodus Ark Ships (EAS) represent the cutting edge of human technology and ingenuity. The ships were originally designed in secret in 2347. After three years of refining the design the Terran government gave authorization to produce 96 Arks in secret locations across the planet. Construction of the Arks took place in massive hangars that were closed to visitors and were not known except those who knew of the program. The few human crews that were involved lived within the building and did not leave the property.
The ships themselves are marvels of technological engineering. They are the largest surface-landing capable ship the humans have ever produced. Each ship took between 20 and 21 years to complete (on average). In addition to carrying a crew of 2,000 the ships themselves were equipped to carry 100,000 passengers and colony supplies.
The Exodus Arks were built with a single purpose in mind; to push human colonization well beyond the known limits and provide a cluster of human colonies that would push human expansion and exploration of the galaxy core-ward. The target destination of the ships was the Hyades Star Cluster, roughly centered around 150 light years from Earth, more than three times further away than any of the human colonies to date.
Each of the 96 ships had a specific star in mind for colonization. The ships were equipped with the best engines that humanity had to offer, but those engines were still only capable of one-half light-speed. As such, the journey to Hyades would take 300 years. To help compensate for potential mechanical failure the ships were designed with triple-redundant systems.
Another feature unique to the Ark Ships was the passenger loadout. Although the ships were capable of carrying 100,000 passengers the Terran Government decided to restrict the number of people who could go. Since the Hyades Cluster was so far away and that area of space was largely uncharted, it was decided to send 50,000 military personnel aboard each ship to help ensure the survivability of the colony. The remaining 50,000 seats would filled by civilians. Of those, 25,000 of them would young married couples without children, and the remain seats would be filled by singles; 12,500 men and 12,500 women. A series of aptitude tests and a health physical screening ensured that only those who would be capable of withstanding the harsh conditions of life on an alien world would go.
The cargo of the Ark ships is also unique. In addition to the food and medical supplies required by the colonists, and the shelters and buildings, there are also two other items of interest. The first item is a series of stackable blocks. Once unloaded, these blocks unfold to reveal modular military vehicles; both land and air vehicles. Each Ark carries the following military vehicles:
- 675 Light Aerial Vehicles
- 150 Light Ground Vehicles
- 50 Light Amphibious Vehicles
- 25 Medium Air Transports
- 5 Medium Ground Vehicles
- 5 Heavy Air Transports.
The second item of interest is a series of metal ribs that line the cargo hold. The ribs are carried into orbit and are assembled the end-terminus of newly developed transportation system. This was a last minute addition to the cargo manifest and some food and medical supplies had to be removed to make room. This technology works in principle like a large-scale mag-lev train or a rail gun; objects passing through the ring are accelerated to a very high velocity. Without additional rings to catch them the ships utilizing these ring tunnels for travel would go on forever (or until they ran into something). These rings in particular are designed to slow and stop incoming ship traffic safely. The idea was that by the time that the colonists arrived they would have developed faster, better technology and would have the ring tunnel most of the way completed. Once the colonists arrived and set up the rings, Earth would dispatch supply ships to restock them.
Maximum sustainable velocity: 149,896,229.00 m/s.
In terms of overall generic architecture, the Ark Ships are roughly cigar or submarine shaped. The ship is divided into four parts of equal length. The middle two sections are where the passengers sleep and are cylinder shaped. The last section is capped with a square engine section, and the first section has a protruding ventral fin which adds to the complexity of calculating space and size.
The ship carries 100,000 passengers. There are two sections devoted to passengers, so each section carries 50,000 passengers. The passengers are divided across 5 decks of space resulting in 10,000 passengers per deck, per section. The Cryotubes are 10' tall and have a diameter of 4' each. Assuming that they are arranged 100 tubes per row, and accounting for sufficient space for walkways, etc, The width of the ship should be not less than 600' (182m) (0.1 miles). Since there are 10,000 passengers per deck and there 100 cryo tubes in each row, there would also need to be 100 rows of tubes. And, since each tube is 4' in diameter each section would be 400' long. However, this would not account for ways to allow people to get in and out of the tubes, nor for the hatch to open. Assuming that two rows of tubes were arranged back to back and a walkway was added between then it would easily increase the length of each section by half again as much. Being conservative and ensuring enough space I will round up to estimate each section at 800' long. Assuming that each of the four sections of the ship is the same length, this gives the total length.
|---800'---|---800'---|---800'---|---800'---| (3200' total length) (975m) (0.6 miles)
The mathematical formula for calculating volume of a cylinder is V=Pi(r^2)(h). In this case the diameter is 600', so the radius is 300'. And the height is 800'. V= Pi(300^2)(800)
The above formula gives each cylindrical section a volume of 226,194,671.06 cubic feet. Assuming that 40 cubic feet is equivalent to 1 ton, that gives each section a capacity of 5,654,866.78 tons. Assuming that despite the deformities of the front and rear sections they have roughly equivalent size and volume, then the overall ship would have a total volume of 22,619,467.11 tons. Further assuming that the ship is constructed out of something roughly equivalent to steel, then the ship would have a density of 7,850 g/cm^3, or 7.85 kg/cm^3.
The cryodecks are 50' tall (combined height), 600' wide and 800' long which gives them a volume of 24,000,000 ft^3. When you subtract this from the overall volume of the cylinder you get a remaining volume of 202,194,671.06 ft^3. Considering that this area is divided equally above and below the cryodecks that gives a total area of 101,097,335.53 ft^3 for cargo, and and equal space for life support. Further assuming that 1 ton is the equivalent of 40 ft^3, then that gives each section a cargo capacity of 2,527,433.39 tons, and since cargo is only carried in the middle two sections then the ship has a total cargo capacity of 5,054,866.78 tons.
Assuming that each person requires a 3,600 calorie/day diet, then it would take 2,175 lbs of food to feed each person for a year. Assuming also that the ship carried this much food for each of its 102,000 passengers and crew, then it would need to carry 221,850,000 lbs of food, or 110,925 tons.
List of Ark Ships in the First Exodus:
Number Name Origin Status Fate EAN 1 Destiny Stockholm, Sweden Survived Colonized EAN 2 Providence New York, USA Survived Colonized EAN 3 Courageous Toronto, Canada Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 4 Voyager Madrid, Spain Missing Lost/Off Course EAN 5 Endeavor Atlanta, USA Destroyed Power Overload Destroyed EAN 6 Crusader Sydney, Australia Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 7 Marvelous Ryadh, Saudi Arabia Destroyed Power Overload Destroyed EAN 8 Triumphant Algiers, Algeria Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 9 Hopewell London, UK Survived Colonized EAN 10 Expeditious Santiago, Chile Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 11 Wayfayer Cassablanca, Morroco Destroyed Crashed EAN 12 Alacrity Bagota, Columbia Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 13 Goodwill Hong Kong, China Missing Lost/Off Course EAN 14 Resolute Rome, Italy Missing Lost/Off Course EAN 15 Upholder Miami, USA Destroyed Crashed EAN 16 Pilgrim St. Petersburg, Russia Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 17 Sojourner Vancouver, Canada Survived Colonized/Failed EAN 18 Ranger Vienna, Austria Missing Lost/Off Course EAN 19 Wanderer Warsaw, Poland Destroyed Ship Adrift Power Failure EAN 20 Perseverence Cape Town, S. A. Survived Colonized EAN 21 Explorer Port-au-Prince, Hati Destroyed Crashed EAN 22 Vagabond Dallas, USA Missing Lost/Off Course EAN 23 Prosperous Tashkent, Uzbekistan Destroyed Power Overload Destroyed EAN 24 Prospector Damascus, Syria Destroyed Power Overload Destroyed EAN 25 Bold Paris, France Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 26 Virtuous Berlin, Germany Survived Colonized EAN 27 Reliant Kiev, Urkraine Destroyed Ship Adrift Power Failure EAN 28 Allegiance Tokyo, Japan Survived Colonized EAN 29 Fortitude Dakar, Sengal Destroyed Ship Adrift Power Failure EAN 30 Concordia Denver, US Survived Colonized EAN 31 United Washington DC, US Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 32 Resolve St. Louis, US Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 33 Ascender Beijing, China Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 34 Unity New Dehli, India Survived Colonized EAN 35 Persistent Seoul, S. Korea Destroyed Ship Adrift Engine Failure EAN 36 Steadfast Shanghai, China Survived Colonized EAN 37 Eternal Osake, Japan Destroyed Power Overload Destroyed EAN 38 Intrepid Guayaquil, Ecuador Missing Lost/Off Course EAN 39 Timeless Caracas, Venezuela Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 40 Unified Tehran, Iran Destroyed Power Overload Destroyed EAN 41 Relentless Tripoli, Libya Destroyed Ship Adrift Engine Failure EAN 42 Everlast Bangkok, Thailand Missing Lost/Off Course EAN 43 Indefinite Manila, Philippines Destroyed Crashed EAN 44 Tenacious Hyderabad, India Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 45 Immortal Dhaka, Bangladeshi Missing Lost/Off Course EAN 46 Imperishable Jinan, China Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 47 Indomitable Munich, Germany Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 48 Venture Antananarivo,Madagascar Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 49 Promise Jakarta, Indonesia Survived Colonized EAN 50 Endurance Asuncion, Paraguay Missing Lost/Off Course EAN 51 Acolyte Kinshasa, D.R. Congo Destroyed Ship Adrift Power Failure EAN 52 Desire Khartoum, Sudan Destroyed Ship Adrift Power Failure EAN 53 Chance Phoenix, USA Survived Colonized EAN 54 Utopia Cairo, Egypt Survived Colonized EAN 55 Renown Singapore, Singapore Missing Lost/Off Course EAN 56 Adventerous Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 57 Faith Montreal, Canada Survived Colonized EAN 58 Indisputable Wuhan, China Destroyed Crashed EAN 59 Fate Milan, Italy Survived Colonized EAN 60 Omen Mexico City, Mexico Destroyed Arrived in tact, crew baked to death. ship fell to planet surface years later EAN 61 Indestructible Monterrey, Mexico Destroyed Power Overload Destroyed EAN 62 Believer Ankara, Turkey Destroyed Ship Adrift Power Failure EAN 63 Prominence Lagos, Nigeria Survived Colonized EAN 64 Fortunate Chengdu, China Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 65 Resurrection Xian, China Missing Lost/Off Course EAN 66 Champion Athens, Greece Survived Colonized EAN 67 Defender Lima, Peru Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 68 Guardian Changchun, China Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 69 Legacy Kanpu, India Destroyed Ship Adrift Engine Failure EAN 70 Heritage Seattle, USA Survived Colonized EAN 71 Birthright Addis Abba, Ethiopia Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 72 Inheritance Nairobi, Kenya Destroyed Power Overload Destroyed EAN 73 Seeker Kano, Nigeria Destroyed Crashed EAN 74 Examiner Luanda, Angola Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 75 Star Saga Douala, Cameroon Destroyed Ship Adrift Power Failure EAN 76 Astral Flight Recife, Brazil Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 77 Deep Crossing Los Angeles, USA Survived Colonized EAN 78 Hospitaller Brasilia, Brazil Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 79 Blessing Istanbul, Turkey Destroyed Ship Adrift Power Failure EAN 80 Miraculous Belem, Brazil Destroyed Power Overload Destroyed EAN 81 Lucky Trip Las Vegas, USA Destroyed Smashed into a moon at speed, failed to decelerate EAN 82 Visionary San Fransisco, USA Destroyed Ship Adrift Power Failure EAN 83 Dreamer Buenos Aires, Argentina Destroyed Ship Adrift Power Failure EAN 84 Prophecy Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Survived Colonized Deliverance Theano EAN 85 Revelation Mashhad, Iran Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 86 Divine Home Sao Paulo, Brazil Missing Landed on water planet (Circe)and sunk EAN 87 Deliverer Minsk, Belarus Missing Lost/Off Course EAN 88 Onus Karachi, Pakistan Destroyed Ship Adrift Power Failure EAN 89 Sanctuary Bound Sana'a, Yemen Missing Lost/Off Course EAN 90 Haven Moscow, Russia Survived Colonized EAN 91 Long Refuge Harare, Zimbabwe Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 92 Earthly Gift Perth, Australia Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 93 Splendorous Novosibirsk, Russia Destroyed Power Overload Destroyed EAN 94 Majestic Baghdad, Iraq Destroyed Ship Adrift Engine Failure EAN 95 Fable Kabul, Afghanistan Destroyed Destroyed by asteroid EAN 96 Legendary Chicago, USA Missing Lost/Off Course