Figure 1: This giant inflatable space station may be heading for Mars in the future
Tencent Technology News, August 23 news, according to foreign media reports, American aerospace giant Sierra Nevada this week in NASA (NASA) showed soft and comfortable
The inflatable space station, about 8 meters in diameter, has a three-story structure and is spacious inside, but what really attracts attention is the inflatable ability of the space station. In addition to making the whole structure lighter, collapsibility means it can be easily attached to SpaceX's Falcon heavy Rocket (Falcon Heavy).
Once in space, the space station can be inflated to meet all the professional and personal needs of astronauts on long space trips.
Figure 2: US aerospace giant Sierra Nevada unveiled a prototype for the inflatable space station this week.
Steve, a key figure in Sierra Nevada's space exploration system, who carried out space missions on behalf of NASA five times
On Wednesday, Sierra Nevada demonstrated the prototype of the space habitat at at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas.
Figure 3: Space station where astronauts meet
NASA signed a contract with Sierra Nevada as early as 2016 under the NextSTEP program. According to the plan, NASA will provide six companies with large amounts of cash to design components for future space stations that can orbit the Moon.
However, Lindsay said inflatable space stations can perform almost any space mission, such as space stations in Earth orbit, permanent bases on the moon or Mars, and so on.
Figure 4: The inflatable space station even has a small greenhouse for growing food.
NASA expert John
This inflatable space station has everything you want. It's designed for space travel. This means that it also has room for living and sleeping, as well as other more eccentric functions, such as greenhouses and gyms.
Fig. 5: Fitness equipment in inflatable space station
NASA plans to send astronauts back to the moon in 2024. Related to this is its orbital lunar base program, which hopes to be ready by 2028.
Figure 6: special containers for handling dangerous goods
Living in this is called.
In July this year, Sierra Nevada's rival Northrop
Figure 7: The inflatable space station can carry astronauts to the moon or Mars.
However, Sierra Nevada has not lost all of its opportunities yet, and there may be billionaire-backed private rocket companies (such as SpaceX and Blue Origin) investing in the company's plans in the future. Both companies have plans to land on the moon in the next decade, and are likely to turn to other companies. (Tencent Technology Revision/Jinlu)