Cassini Station is a space station located in low Saturn orbit. Constructed between 2076 and 2080, it serves as an orbital base for nuclear-powered winged SATVs, which dive into the atmosphere to collect He-3 from the mining aerostats. Once a few hundred tons of gas are accumulated, a tanker docks with the station to transport the load out of Saturn’s gravity well.
The present tanker design is the Lewis class, fast and economical robot transports that are fueled with water from ring ice and from Saturn’s moon Rhea. The station is also served by Chronos-class TAVs from Titan, which are used for personnel and supply runs to and from Cassini.
Cassini Station is a cylindrical station about 800’ long and 125’ in diameter. The station is mostly operated by cybershells, but also has a human crew of 50 people. It is owned by the Titan Consortium, but also serves as a base for scientific studies of Saturn. Its staff includes several researchers from various universities and the USAGS.