Browse Publications Technical Papers 2006-01-2100
2006-07-17

How to Make an Anchor-Free, Flat-Floor Inflatable Habitat for the Moon or Mars 2006-01-2100

This paper introduces a new geometrical form for use as an envelope for a lunar or Martian inflatable habitat What makes this form unique is that it eliminates the need for anchoring that is common for many such inflatables that also offer their occupants a flat floor upon which to walk. The paper shows that it is feasible to make human-scaled inflatable structures based on this new geometry from common aerospace materials and that large-scale versions may also be feasible.

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