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Modular Extended-Stay HyperGravity Facility Design Concept: An Artificial-Gravity Space-Settlement Ground Analogue
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Author and Affiliation:
Dorais, Gregory A.(NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA United States)
Abstract: This document defines the design concept for a ground-based, extended-stay hypergravity facility as a precursor for space-based artificial-gravity facilities that extend the permanent presence of both human and non-human life beyond Earth in artificial-gravity settlements. Since the Earth's current human population is stressing the environment and the resources off-Earth are relatively unlimited, by as soon as 2040 more than one thousand people could be living in Earthorbiting artificial-gravity habitats. Eventually, the majority of humanity may live in artificialgravity habitats throughout this solar system as well as others, but little is known about the longterm (multi-generational) effects of artificial-gravity habitats on people, animals, and plants. In order to extend life permanently beyond Earth, it would be useful to create an orbiting space facility that generates 1g as well as other gravity levels to rigorously address the numerous challenges of such an endeavor. Before doing so, developing a ground-based artificial-gravity facility is a reasonable next step. Just as the International Space Station is a microgravity research facility, at a small fraction of the cost and risk a ground-based artificial-gravity facility can begin to address a wide-variety of the artificial-gravity life-science questions and engineering challenges requiring long-term research to enable people, animals, and plants to live off-Earth indefinitely.
Publication Date: Dec 01, 2015
Document ID:
20160001103
(Acquired Jan 25, 2016)
Subject Category: GROUND SUPPORT SYSTEMS AND FACILITIES (SPACE); MAN/SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY AND LIFE SUPPORT
Report/Patent Number: NASA/TM-2015-218935, ARC-E-DAA-TN28324
Document Type: Technical Report
Contract/Grant/Task Num: WBS 150634.01.02
Financial Sponsor: NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field, CA United States
Organization Source: NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field, CA United States
Description: 56p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: ARTIFICIAL GRAVITY; GRAVITATIONAL EFFECTS; RESEARCH FACILITIES; HABITATS; ENVIRONMENT EFFECTS; ANALOGS; HIGH GRAVITY ENVIRONMENTS; MICROGRAVITY; SPACE STATIONS; MANNED SPACECRAFT
Other Descriptors: GRAVITY; HYPERGRAVITY; SPACE SETTLEMENT
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