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Inflatable nested toroid structure
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Author and Affiliation: Johnson, Christopher J. [Inventor]
Raboin, Jasen L. [Inventor]
Spexarth, Gary R. [Inventor]
Abstract: An inflatable structure comprises at least two generally toroidal, inflatable modules. When in a deployed mode, the first, inner module has a major diameter less than that of a second, outer module and is positioned within the inner circumference of the outer module such that the first module is nested circumferentially alongside the second module. The inflatable structure, in a non-deployed, non-inflated mode, is of compact configuration and adapted to be transported to a site of deployment. When deployed, the inflatable structure is of substantially increased interior volume. In one embodiment, access between the interior of the first module and the second module is provided by at least one port or structural pass-through. In another embodiment, the inflatable structure includes at least one additional generally toroidal module external of and circumferentially surrounding the second module.
Publication Date: Dec 06, 2011
Document ID:
20120000546
(Acquired Jan 10, 2012)
Subject Category: MAN/SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY AND LIFE SUPPORT
Report/Patent Number: US-Patent-8,070,105, US-Patent-Appl-SN-11/956,826
Document Type: Patent
Financial Sponsor: NASA; Washington, DC United States
Organization Source: NASA; Washington, DC United States
Description: 19p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: INFLATABLE STRUCTURES; MODULES; TOROIDS; FOLDING STRUCTURES; SHELTERS; DEPLOYMENT; SURVIVAL; PATENTS
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