NASA Aids Testing of Boeing Deep Space Habitat Ground Prototype in Alabama
by Staff Writers
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 02, 2019
Engineers and technicians explore a deep space habitat ground prototype May 1 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The prototype, built by Boeing, will undergo testing this summer at Marshall.
As part of a two-phased approach to lunar exploration, NASA is leading development of a lunar outpost called the Gateway. In the initial Gateway phase, NASA will work with American companies to design, develop and launch a power and propulsion element and a deep space habitat for the outpost.
The Boeing Exploration Habitat Demonstrator at Marshall is one of five uniquely designed, deep space habitat prototypes in development through NASA's Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships, or NextSTEP.
Throughout the test period, NASA will assess the overall habitation design, with astronauts conducting simulations inside to evaluate the internal layout and ergonomics, to support efficient work-life balance aboard a deep space ship.
The series of five habitat tests will help NASA prepare for the upcoming procurement of a U.S. provided habitation module for the lunar Gateway, the first spacecraft designed to stay in orbit around the Moon.
The Gateway will enable NASA and its commercial and international partners to pursue new exploration, science and technology demonstrations on and around the Moon, and will serve as a stepping stone to Mars.
To learn more about all five habitat prototypes, visit here
New concept for novel fire extinguisher in space
Toyohashi, Japan (SPX) Apr 23, 2019
A research team in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Toyohashi University of Technology has developed new concept of fire extinguisher optimized for space-use; named Vacuum Extinguish Method (VEM). VEM is based on the completely "reverse" operation of widely-used fire extinguisher, namely, spraying extinguisher agent(s) into the firing point. VEM is sucking the flame as well as combustion product, even fire source, by vacuum into the vacuum chamber to remove the firing matters from the s ... read more
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