NTRS - NASA Technical Reports Server

Back to Results
TransHab: NASA's Large-Scale Inflatable SpacecraftTransHab is a, 27-foot diameter by 40-foot, lightweight inflatable habitation module for space applications. TransHab consists of a lightweight graphite-composite core, 11-foot diameter by 23-foot tall, surrounded by a 27-foot diameter inflatable shell. Originally envisioned to be the habitation module of an interplanetary transit vehicle, TransHab is currently being considered as a module for use on the International Space Station (ISS). During the past two years, several tests have been performed at the NASA/Johnson Space Center to demonstrate and prove the technologies required in building a large-scale inflatable habitation module. This paper discusses the results of these tests which including the following: 1) a structural integrity development test article hydJ"Ostatically tested to four times ambient pressure, 2) a full-scale development test article manufactured, assembled, folded and deployed at vacuum, and 3) extensive hypervelocity impact testing of the micro meteoroid and orbital debris protection system.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Johnson Space Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
delaFuente, Horacio
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Raboin, Jasen L.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Spexarth, Gary R.
(Lockheed Martin Corp. Houston, TX, United States)
Valle, Gerard D.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
April 3, 2000
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper 2000-1822
Meeting Information
Meeting: 2000 AIAA Space Inflatables Forum; Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference
Location: Atlanta,Ga
Country: United States
Start Date: April 3, 2000
End Date: April 6, 2000
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Funding Number(s)
OTHER: 906-47-TR-HB-EX
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
No Preview Available