The Valhöll Space Station/Æther Space Station

"This is my home" -- Alexis Pettis/Thee Champion

The Valhöll
The Valhöll

A large and mobile space station consisting of a central ring from which two arms protrude, the Valhöll (or Æther) further features four diagonally positioned smaller and thinner arms close to it's powerful thrusters. Often found at different regions of the solar system, the Valhöll is the New God's home (one of them) and base of operations. The station is fully capable of closing in on itself by the convergence of it's six arms, transforming it into a long and well-protected cylindrical structure.

Designed and built by the Herald of Hope, the Valhöll is a product of his extraordinary genius, and though he tends to reach it by flight, he made sure to include spaceports in the station's design, establishing them on the Valhöll's central ring. Given that the central ring is it's center of rotation, it is easier for a ship to access and dock.

Station Systems & Technology

Intended for orbital functions as well as prolonged spaceflight, the Valhöll is a peek into the future of space exploration. For one it features an advanced internal emission sink stealth system. Heat generated by routine on-board operations is easily detectable in the near absolute zero background temperature of space. But through it's internal emission sink stealth system, the Valhöll can temporarily store it's generated heat in lithium heat sinks deep within the hull. The stored heat however, must be eventually radiated lest it accumulate and scorch those on-board alive.

Anti-Proton Thrusters
Anti-Proton Thrusters

For it's propulsion system, the station features large anti-proton thrusters, with both aft and forward thrusters. These thrusters inject anti-proton into a reaction chamber containing hydrogen, causing matter-antimatter annihilation that generates a tremendous amount of motive power. This however, leads to a drawback in fuel production as the anti-protons are manufactured one particle at a time. The exhaust of the fusion and anti-proton drives is measured in millions of degrees Celsius, and any physical object caught behind it will melt like wax in a blowtorch. For long periods of spaceflight, the Valhöllrelies on two phases of travel; acceleration and deceleration. It accelerates to the halfway point of the joint, then flips 180 degrees and applies thrust in the opposite vector, decelerating as the journey is completed.

The station holds a nuclear fusion plant that powers it's electrical systems etc. H-fuel cells provide auxiliary power and works as a backup generator should the Valhöll's primary reactor shut down. Because of the issues with incorporating anti-proton thrusters, the Valhöll also features extended fuel cells that use an innovative propulsion system superior to the liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen reaction that powers maneuvering thrusters. By using metastable metallic hydrogen, the extended fuel cells allow for fuel that burns at greater efficiency than liquid H2/O2. Small corrections needed for any long distance spaceflight can be used without exhausting the station's fuel supplies. This net gain extends to forward impulse as well since the Valhöll is primarily powered by anti-protons, allowing it to coast temporarily using the extended fuel cells to reach an inferior but sustainable speed that lowers anti-proton consumption.

Technological Sophistication
Technological Sophistication

Additionally, the Valhöll is constructed from a highly durable material made of carbon nanotube sheets woven with a diamond chemical vapor deposition crushed into super-dense layers, enabling it to withstand the extremes of heat and cold. Because it is not designed for combat, the Valhöll is not fitted with weaponry save for point defense lasers and cannons that fire high-density slugs of metal. To maximize it's ability to explore and identify not only extraterrestrial life in other worlds but to examine the conditions for life on other worlds, the Valhöll features a highly sophisticated scanning system that uses a variety of passive and active scanners ranging from visual, thermographic and radio detectors to radar and laser detection. Furthermore, it can provide long-range topographical scanning resolution and deploy an orbital multi-static grid of radar-emitting micro-satellites/probes that can deliver a digital elevation of the terrain at 15 meters per pixel resolution.

For slower scanning and rendering speed ideal for geological and biological prospecting, archaeological research and long-term security surveillance, it can lower to 0.001 millimeter per pixel while the spherical geometry of it's multi-static grid allows for exceptional cross-sectioning and a strong resistance to electronic countermeasures. Finally, the station itself features five decks which are the hangar, information center, engineering deck, guest deck and Alexis' quarters. It's scanning features include searching for and identifying mineral deposits etc. Furthermore, the Valhöll also features laser detection and ranging. The station also includes an electromagnetic ram-scoop that gathers hydrogen from the it's surroundings, converting it into fuel when needed.

Station Layout/Decks

-Deck #1: Alexis' Quarters-

The first and topmost deck of the station is entirely comprised of the Alexis' quarters. It is located directly under the exterior pressure hull. Aside from a full-sized bed, bathroom, office desk, and standard furniture, the New God's quarters feature a private terminal for monitoring the station and reading new and archived messages.

-Deck #2: Information Center-

The Second Deck
The Second Deck

The second deck or 'Information Center' is comprised of the station's bridge, research and tech labs, communications room and main airlock. From the bridge, Alexis or the designated AI can pilot the station while communicating with whoever is on-board. The control panel next to the pilot's seat can be used to open and close the hull's heat shields. Primarily, the deck is centered around a large map of certain regions of the Milky Way galaxy which the New God can use to plot the Valhöll's next destination, and directly next to the map is a private terminal where he can access electronic correspondences and review basic information about said destination.

The station's communications room sits between the tech and research labs. The room is dominated by a large rectangular conference table where Alexis can hold briefings and discussions with those on-board as well as communicate via hologram with another party in real time thanks to the station's quantum entanglement based communications array.

-Deck #3: Guest Deck-

The third deck of the Valhöll is where the station's guests spend most of their time. It includes guest quarters, bathrooms, life support control, a mess-hall and the AI core located at the rear of the medical bay, which is run (like most of the station's systems etc.) by a robotic assistant.

-Deck #4: Engineering Bay-

The fourth deck of the station is the engineering bay, which houses the station's more technologically complex systems and components.

-Deck #5: Hangar-

The fifth and lowest deck is the hangar, where small shuttles can be stored.