Download Bigelow Aerospace: Colonizing Space One Module at a Time by Erik Seedhouse PDF

By Erik Seedhouse

Here for the 1st time you could read:

  • how an area know-how start-up is pioneering paintings on expandable house station modules
  • how Robert Bigelow authorized the TransHab notion from NASA, and the way his corporation built the expertise for greater than a decade
  • how, very quickly, a Bigelow expandable module could be docked with the foreign area Station.

At the middle of Bigelow's plan is the inflatable module expertise. harder and tougher than their inflexible opposite numbers, those inflatable modules are ideally fitted to be used within the house, the place Bigelow plans to hyperlink them jointly to shape advertisement house stations. This publication describes how this new breed of area stations can be outfitted and the way the hyperlink among Bigelow Aerospace, NASA and personal businesses can result in a brand new economy—a house economic climate. ultimately, the booklet touches on Bigelow's aspirations past low Earth orbit, plans that come with the touchdown of a base at the lunar floor and the possibility of missions to Mars.

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7 Inflatable Moon base concept. Courtesy: NASA Vectran fabric with film laminates that afforded simplicity and cold temperature deployment properties. Several restraint layer concepts were also investigated, including coated single-layer fabrics, layers with circumferential and axial webbing over coated fabric, and structures with circumferential toroidal webbing over an internal axial layer. The selected wall system comprised a restraint layer that applied an outer Kevlar layer overlaying a structural denier plain weave.

But let’s focus on the fabric element. Many thousands of years ago, cavemen created temporary housing using animal skins stretched over bones while following herds of animals in their search for food. Over the centuries, other fabrics were developed to enhance similar structures and to fashion tents. More recent is the appearance of tensile fabric structures, which are now at the forefront of architecture with their dynamic shapes, sweeping boldness, and technological flexibility. If you watched the 2012 Olympics, chances are you saw several examples of what can be accomplished using tension fabric structures: the basketball arena was the largest temporary structure of the Games: the velodrome featured interior permeable fabric screening, and the press bar was an exterior canopy shelter.

Each time, the Nextel decimated the balls before they reached the aircontaining bladders. Then the team turned their attention to the reinforced aluminum plates used in the ISS and performed the same test. The result wasn’t pretty: the balls ripped chunks off the back of some of the plates, which were more than three centimeters thick, and left craters that left little to the imagination of an astronaut.

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