Inflatable Space Structures

Have metallic structures had their day? It’s not just Bigelow who are looking at the possibilities for inflatable space structures, check out this great little video from Doug Litteken as he discusses the importance of using inflatable structures for a human mission to Mars. Doug  tackles some of the myths associated with these space vehicles. Litteken is an engineer at NASA Johnson Space Center focusing on composite and inflatable lightweight structures, and it’s good stuff!

and for some contrast, this great little video from the Smithsonian

Inflatable HabitatsSmithsonian

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