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Commonality between Reduced Gravity and Microgravity Habitats for Long Duration MissionsMany conceptual studies for long duration missions beyond Earth orbit have assumed unique habitat designs for each destination and for transit habitation. This may not be the most effective approach. A variable gravity habitat, one designed for use in microgravity, lunar, Martian, and terrestrial environments may provide savings that offset the loss of environment-specific optimization. However, a brief analysis of selected flown spacecraft and Constellation-era conceptual habitat designs suggests that one cannot simply lift a habitat from one environment and place it in another that it was not designed for without incurring significant human performance compromises. By comparison, a conceptual habitat based on the Skylab II framework but designed specifically to accommodate variable gravity environments can be shown to yield significant advantages while incurring only minimal human performance compromises.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Johnson Space Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Howard, Robert
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
April 30, 2014
Publication Date
January 22, 2014
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Launch Vehicles And Launch Operations
Space Sciences (General)
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: National Society of Black Engineers Aerospace Systems Conference
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: January 22, 2014
End Date: January 25, 2014
Sponsors: National Society of Black Engineers
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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