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"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." Black Cloud Studious™ - independent game developer.

Good news, everyone who follows the Daedalus, Video Game development!

As it was planned with the help of Sebastian Tivig and other guys from NASA's Reddit I've got the real timetables, daily schedules or "flight plan timelines" for the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (from various Expeditions/missions). But why am I just speaking: here, check one of the representative cool docs yourself here !

So, keeping the realistic hard sci-fi approach we need to elaborate authentic timelines for the every crewmates aboard the Daedalus Space Station (DSS). To be precise – for the last 30 days of the Daedalus-22 mission/expedition aboard the DSS, as it should be if no extraordinary events took place (and we already know/expect, they will take the place). For the narration purposes: that daily schedule should be discussed during the morning briefing/breakfast with the team right before we are getting to the Rising Action/Conflict part of the script. As the Rising Action/Conflict will loom/emerge/rise out of the blue, during their routine activity.


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First off, let's list/match all astronauts to NASA's standard:

Expedition 22

Then, let's determine the proper time zone our Daedalus-22 mission crew should live on. Current ISS astronauts live on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) - which is a time zone roughly halfway between Houston and Moscow, where our two main control centers are located. Though, many of astronauts wear a pair of watches: one is set for GMT and another one – for their native local time.

As might noticed, in the gameplay art of the dialog Daedalus' crew had during the breakfast: Eitan wears two watches. The same apparel you can observe on the real photos from the ISS. So that should be anchored: the DSS crew live and operate on GMT but they keep tracking Solar Venus Time (SVT) for various specific operations.


A planet's day is the time it takes the planet to rotate or spin once on its axis. Venus rotates much more slowly than Earth does, so a day on Venus is much longer than a day on Earth. A day on Venus lasts for 243 Earth days or 5,832 Earth hours! A day on Earth is 23.943 Earth hours. Venus also rotates backwards compared to the Earth and most of the other planets. It takes 225 Earth days for Venus to go all the way around the sun. That means that a day on Venus is a little longer than a year on Venus.

And finally, let’s draft some generic timeline for daily activities for the DSS crew:

• 06:00 Wake-up and personal time.

Crew cabins are situated in C-rings with artificial gravity. Each current astronaut on the DSS has private bathroom in his quarters. The station is under construction for 2-3 times more people aboard (GSA is sending twice large team to shift with the Daedalus-23 mission). So current team have enough space, their cabins are going to be accommodated for 3 people while now they are filled with only 1 per each.

• 07:00 Cardio-workout first group.

This one, exersising/workout, should be distributed, as there will not be so many exercise slots, due to weight considerations. So usually, they do exercises in groups of threes; one group after another in one of two exercise hubs in C-Rings.

• 07:30 Cardio-workout second group.

• 08:30 Breakfast.

In order to foster good crew cohesion, breakfast is taken together in the mess hub (in C-rings with artificial gravity).

• 09:00 Morning conference/briefing.

Discussion of tasks at hand, update from the mission head, based on input from Earth, distribution of tasks etc. The core difference of the planning/executing approach between modern ISS crew briefings and our hard sci-fi DSS briefing is: for the ISS most of the actions are planned on Earth while ISS astronauts just execute that plans on orbit; for the DSS, due to the distance and com-lag (3-15min), most of the tactical operations are planned (and executed as well) by the astronauts themselves aboard.

• 09:15 Housekeeping.

It all starts every day with housekeeping: storage check, essential station check-up, system checks, minor repairs, system maintenance, scheduled updates, cleaning, replacement of time-limited parts (e.g. air filters) etc.; this is a general minimum time, but may be expanded.

• 10:00 Crew morning working time.

• 13:30 Lunch.

Including cooking, preparation of the table etc.; lunch is taken together, again for crew cohesion. Meals are frozen and are distributed at the beginning of each mission; while astronauts have some measure of choice, there are still some surprises for the crew (good for morale) and there are some spare food types. That is nowadays for the ISS. In our case the DSS has own Aeroponics and Hydroponics (AnH) Hubs and could not only provide fresh veggies but even secure full close cycle food/water support as a part of the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS). And due to the mission duration - some form of cooking should be involved, definitely.

• 14:30 Crew evening working time.

• 18:00 Evening conference/debriefing.

Review of what has been done the day, which tasks are still open, what still needs to be done; tasks which need to be continued on the next day; discussion of items that need attention from all (news/in-com from Earth: Houston, Moscow, Huntsville and personal).

• 19:00 Strength-workout.

First and Second group swap daily.

• 20:00 Dinner and free time.

Dinner is not formal and not required to be eaten together; if people want to be alone, so be it.

• 22:30 Lights out; time to catch sleep.

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Well, guys, now we have the valid draft and will get back to narration strides with the next update on Patreon.

Thanks for your rooting and sharing!


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