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Space Station Freedom interior resources

Although the project was canceled and evolved into the ISS, at least some mock-ups and trainers were built. Being the late 1980's not much reference photos exist on the web.
I'm posting the all the images I could find for the convenience of having them together at a single place. This way the general layout of the station can be understood. Some of the solutions found their way into the ISS, others didn't. On general the station seems bigger and the concept would make a nice virtual cockpit for a "alternate history" simulation.


Mock-ups:

The four long modules running left to right contain the three laboratories and the habitability area. Between these are connecting capsules, and at far right can be seen the station commander's observation cupola. The colored spheres in the foreground assembly are gas containers, with oxygen, nitrogen and other gases for experimental use.


A variation of the above arrangement
1989 mock-up with American, European, and Japanese modules 


Nodes:

A node viewed from the living quarters.
Connecting node airlocks.

Living quarters / Habitation module:


Living quarters showing the shower, washroom and toilet
Habitation module. The table can be folded away to save space.

Habitability module.

Habitability Module, portable workstation

Habitability module, dining area
Habitability Module, entrances to the individual crew compartments.

Individual crew compartment


Wardroom

Wardroom

Wardroom

Lavatory compartment



Health maintenance facility with pulse measurements and an X-ray displayed on the monitor screens

Health maintenance facility with pulse measurements displayed on a monitor screen.
Health maintenance facilty

This is a view of the exercise area showing a modified exercise bicycle and a treadmill

Docking port:


Near the docking port (grey door at left). On the wall are two portholes (with sun shades) and a large-screen video terminal.




Laboratory module:


Laboratory module, 1987.
Laboratory Module


Columbus module:



Columbus module



Alternate crew module proposals:



Power Tower Station: McDonnell-Douglas crew module mockup 1985.

Power Tower Station: Rockwell's crew module.


Simulators:

Space Station Simulator - 1986

Observation cupola.



Sources: http://www.sciencephoto.com/ and http://www.friends-partners.org/partners/mwade/index.htm

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