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Deploying a Ginormous SLS Derived Dry/Wet Workshop Habitat with a Single SLS Launch

13 Aug 2020, 16:41 UTC
Deploying a Ginormous SLS Derived Dry/Wet Workshop Habitat with a Single SLS Launch
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Notional SLS derived Dry/Wet orbital habitat with more than 4000 cubic meters of pressurized volume. A reusable Orion/ACES 68 orbital transfer vehicle designed for lunar orbital missions is docked at one of the Dry Habitats while a Space X Dragon approaches the other Dry Habitat, shuttling paying tourist to the station from Earth. At an estimated cost of $165 billion (in today’s dollars), the International Space Station (ISS) is considered to be the most expensive human made structure ever built. Requiring more than 40 rocket launches for assembly, the ISS currently has a pressurized volume exceeding 916 cubic meters. Yet, a single launch of a basic SLS Block IB Cargo launcher could easily deploy a dry workshop microgravity habitat with a pressurized volume exceeding 2000 cubic meters. But even if a habitat was deployed with multiple pressured cylindrical sections to enhance safety plus air locks for docking, a single SLS launched dry station or multiple dry stations would still have total pressurized volumes far exceeding that of the ISS. Two individuals working within the empty interior of the 8.4 meter in diameter SLS liquid hydrogen propellant tank (Credit: Boeing Aerospace.) However, if the empty LOX and LH2 tanks of the ...

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