Touted as the first idea of its kind, the team is not stopping at just building a base on the moon and Mars. Interestingly, the Lunar and Mars Glass concepts are just one part of a larger project; the centerpiece is a transportation system between Earth and its destination that will maintain Earth-level gravity while ferrying passengers.
Dubbed the Hexagon Space Track System, it is essentially a railway-like interplanetary transportation system that would support both business and tourism activities. In an age where billionaires are already spending hundreds of millions on space joyrides, tourist activity on a gravity-loving space train to the moon — or Mars — doesn’t sound too far-fetched. The track’s station on the Earth is dubbed the Terra Station, while the Space Express train moving on a standard gauge track will have six coaches.
The leading and trailing cars will have rocket boosters strapped to them. The passenger capsules are hexagonal in shape and will come in two sizes with radii of approximately 50 and 100 feet each. The capsules will move alongside a central radial axis to generate a gravitational pull equal to that of planet Earth. However, Lunar Glass isn’t the first project of its kind. In 1975, Stanford University experts presented a concept called Stanford Torus at the NASA Summer Study; it was imagined as a donut-shaped ring measuring a bit over a mile in diameter and was supposed to house anywhere between 10,000 to 140,000 residents.