A Horizontal Inflatable Habitat for SEI

by Kriss J. Kennedy, NASA-JSC, Houston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III


The inflatable habitat described in this paper is a horizontally-oriented cylindrical pneumatic structure. It is part of NASA's ongoing effort to study inflatables as alternative habitats for the Space Exploration Initiative (SEI). This inflatable habitat provides a living and working environment for a crew of 12. It is an 8-m diameter by 45.34-m cylinder containing 2145 m3 of volume. Two levels of living and working areas make up the 547 m2 of floor space.

Subject Headings: Space structures | Space exploration | Space frames | Human factors | Federal government | Cylinders | Floors | Pneumatic systems

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