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New space habitat to be tested, natural wormholes, mystery object burns up...

14 Nov 2015, 17:09 UTC
New space habitat to be tested, natural wormholes, mystery object burns up...
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My sincere and deep sympathies to the the people of France, the citizens of Paris, the families of those killed and those injured in last nights attacks.Vive la grande nation, Vive le peuple de Paris.Progress towards deep space habitatsNASAspaceflight.com has an very interesting article on NASA's recent review of progress towards developing next gen habitats for astronauts (title link). These could be used on Lunar and Mars missions, expanding the International Space Station, or building new research facilities in near Earth space. A few highlights are:78% Of their milestones (many of which involved building actual hardware) were met. In January next year Bigelow aerospace will launch its BEAM inflatable habitat, which will become an extension to the ISS. Four companies – Lockheed Martin, Bigelow, Orbital ATK, and Boeing – were awarded contracts to address habitat concept development for the Next Space Technology Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) initiative, which is seeking concepts for the next generation of space habitats. Bigelow already has a design - the B330 - which it hopes to demonstrate will suit long term human spaceflight. The overall thrust of all this seems to be opening opportunities to expand human activity in space - for private as well as government bodies - and I find that a happy thought ...

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