Sierra Space New Space Habitats -Can they deliver?


Sierra Space has the funding, resources, technology, and connections for their ambitious project, New Habitats in Space, but will their plan work?

Sierra Space builds new space out habitats and a new commercial international space station, or at least that’s the plan, but it still has a long way to go before one of its ambitious goals becomes a reality. The company was formed this year by global aerospace and national security leader Sierra Nevada Corporation SNC. SNC worked with Nasa for over a decade.

Sierra Space is famous for its new spacecraft, the Dream Chaser, known as the “New Challenger” for its design. Sierra Space has been involved in several key NASA programs previously, including plant systems to feed humans in space, conceptualizing nuclear-powered spacecraft that radically change space exploration, and critical gear motor components. who control the robotic arm and core drill responsible for collecting samples in the Mars Perseverance Rover,

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Sierra Space announced new agreements with Space Tango and the Kanematsu Corporation of Japan to help bring its space habitats to life. Both agreements are designed to attract investment and stimulate the development of their Sierra space station and LIFE modules. NASA says Sierra Space’s role in the new era of space exploration is essential because the sector “transitions from public to private participation.“When NASA announced that the International Space Station would not be here forever, Sierra Space responded that they had the solution and had been working on it for years, the Sierra Space Station. The Sierra space station will be assembled by combining LIFE modules. The habitat consists of three floors “equipped with everything an astronaut crew would need to live in space and carry out scientific missions,“LIFE habitats include science laboratories, robotic workstations, infirmaries and infirmaries, sleeping and hygiene quarters, a kitchen, exercise equipment, innovative gardens, plant growth systems and a large storage space.

Will it work? The long way to go

Photo of Earth taken by NASA


The company’s LIFE modules are distinguished from other space habitats by their unique inflatable structures. Sierra Space ensures that its inflatables are developed and tested to meet NASA’s micrometeoroid impact requirements. Sierra Space adds that their inflatable outer layer is known as the “retaining layer” is made from a weave of Vectran fabric, and can not only withstand the internal pressures necessary to maintain life, but is “stronger than the skin. ‘steel”. The fabric and internal equipment are also designed to resist radiation above the Karman line.

For the Sierra station to become a reality, a long series of events must take place. First, the company needs a fully operational spacecraft, safe launch, and testing space habitat development. Sierra Space has already built a life-size prototype here on Earth of a LIFE module. They are now testing it to determine the best approach for building, inflating and equipping the module. While the company has the technology, resources, funding, experience, and connections, it still has a long way to go in realizing its vision for the future of space.

Source: Sierra Space

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