—No one at Lego told Milan Madge to start making detailed models of the space shuttle.
The toy company decided to produce the new NASA space shuttle discovery device-before it was sold on LEGO Stores and LEGO.com on Thursday (April 1), Madge and some of his LEGO designers began to have doubts about this idea. Used for large toy brick version of winged orbiter.
“In the beginning we were just arguing and talking about how cool a Lego space shuttle of this size was, and then people said,’Oh, what if we use this element for the engine? What if we use this element for the engine What? The cockpit? And all these things are put together until someone builds a conceptual model.”
To be sure, there is a lot of work to be done between the initial idea and the final product. One of Madge’s first challenges was how to build a mechanism to deploy the landing gear of the space shuttle without affecting the size of the payload bay, which needs to be maintained with the Hubble Space Telescope that comes with the device model. This is just one of many details contained in a model that is nearly 2 feet long (0.5 m).
But this is not the task that Madge and his colleagues were assigned to do. This is the project they hope to complete correctly.
He said: “From the very beginning, people were enthusiastic about it and willing to take the space shuttle.”
collectSPACE talked to Madge about creating the new LEGO NASA space shuttle discovery device, his favorite parts, and any hidden details that space shuttle fans should pay attention to when making 2,354 models. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
But then, we also worked closely with NASA and some of its technical advisors. So we can ask really specific questions, and they can provide really specific feedback, such as which logos were used in certain tasks and whether NASA should be used [logotype] Something like “worms” or “meatballs”.There are also technical details, such as the content on the STS-31 [the Hubble Space Telescope deploy mission] Compared with other tasks. Through the Hubble Telescope, the payload bay has a certain configuration that can be installed in the telescope.
There are also many very interesting technical manuals on the Internet, which can be used to find the cross section of the space shuttle, the outline of the wing and the like.
Therefore, I think there is some kind of subconscious inspiration there. When we had to perform a mission, we jumped directly into STS-31, because it is the knowledge we have learned about the space shuttle since we were young.
Being able to reach this scale means that we can make the space shuttle’s walls thin enough so that we can keep the Hubble telescope in orbit precisely.
We can also get a lot of fun that we usually overlook, with few details. I think the LEGO Ideas Saturn V rocket that we released a few years ago really set the standard for the level of detail we can achieve in space installations, and we hope to continue using this space shuttle. Therefore, by expanding the scale, we can include Canadam. [robotic arm] As well as the camera and the crew cabin.
We usually do not include this level of detail in the LEGO model. But by adding these details and being able to explain some of them through construction instructions, we can really make people take a longer journey. Hopefully, when people build it, they will learn something about the space shuttle, which may not be available in smaller-scale models.
We really like that we can get the middle deck and cockpit and many small details that people might see from the cabin of a real space shuttle. So I think this is why we chose to focus on being as detailed as possible without distracting them.
Essentially, we have a huge hollow area in the middle of the model. Then our nose is very heavy, and our tail is also very heavy. We had to somehow make the internal structure of the payload bay sturdy, while also having the function of embracing the front landing gear and the actual landing gear. From a technical point of view, this is really difficult.
The Lego model uses robots to conduct a lot of tests internally, so that the function runs more patiently than the test subjects. Therefore, we have performed many iterations to find the most suitable landing gear configuration to work while keeping the model solid and keeping space, so that we don’t have to reduce the size of the Hubble Space Telescope.
I would love to see if anyone can modify the space shuttle to fit it into the model. I would love to see it, because that is one thing we lack.
The size of the vehicle and the powerful functions of these rockets and shuttles can easily be taken away. But the reason why I am interested in space, space and universe, I am sure that the reason many people do this is because of its humanity. If it were not for human factors, none of these things would happen. Therefore, for me, the emotional connection between the small blue seat in the flight attendant cabin and the space shuttle is closer. This is what I am most excited about, that is, the idea of five people leaving the earth.
When the Hubble Space Telescope was established, it was clearly told that we have such a wealth of knowledge about the universe that everything that happens is due to humans and everything that happens to humans happens to humans. Therefore, for me, those seats in the cabin are undoubtedly the most important part of the model.
I really hope this will also inspire the next generation of astronauts. When I looked at the Discovery mode in 2003 when I was a kid, it really inspired me to become a Lego designer. Hope that looking at this model will inspire children to enter STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics]Entering the field of science, you may even become an astronaut, or even the first person to land on Mars. hope so.