Project: Ark – Airlocks
I have notice when people make airlocks for ship or space station; they normal only do the female side. You can see this with Trek ship. The only time I have seen the male version that would give a hard seal, is with the inspection pod used by Scotty and Kirk in the Motion Picture.
So if a ship or space stations have a female airlock, how do they do a ship to ship or ship to station docking? Simply put they can’t unless they have a universal airlock that is not blocky, which we really have not seen.
So in my universe, ships will have a male’s as well as a female airlock, this resolves this problem. The main airlocks on ship will be female; however there would be a male some where. While a station would have mainly male with a small number of female airlocks, but these would be secondary airlocks and not used that often.
Onto the models.
First up is the Female air lock, after a number of designs changes I settled on this one.
The two connection points on each side of the airlock are to transfer power, air and connection for computer networking to the ship
Next up is the Male Airlock, this took awhile to model, but this was doing the panels then scrapping them and redoing them again. You will notice the connection point on either side of the airlock. These can move back, for when the airlock is connected to a ship or station that does not have transfer plugs.
I have also modelled the area with in the male airlock, it’s just a box at the moment, with no details, but it high is 2.5 meters. On the rear side would be a walk way that could extended out to the ship or station. But I have not modelled this as it will depend on the design of the ship or station it connected to.
Last but not least. Here are clay and wire render for those interested in them.