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Author Topic: Inflatable habitats

Europa Dreamer
Posts: 3
Inflatable habitats
on: December 13, 2013, 20:00

Depending on the size of the crew and the duration of the mission habitat size can be very significant factor in crew performance. Due to the challenges of transporting building materials so far out into the solar system I believe a life support unit with an attached inflatable living section is the best way to go. Material technology is at a level where an inflatable can easily hold the one atmosphere of pressure required. When the life support unit arrives on europa a robot or the crew themselves can extract the inflatable section from storage and inflate it. They can then enter through the airlock and set up equipment, bed's and the other furniture they will need. Especially if the habitat is to be under the ice we can add metal scaffolding for added structural support in case of any weakening in the surrounding ice. Another benefit is if follow up missions are sent it would be very simple to keep attaching more inflatable sections to accommodate more astronauts.

Sincerely: William Archer.

Europa Astronaut
Posts: 98
Re: Inflatable habitats
on: March 12, 2014, 23:11

This would by necessity need to be under the ice to protect against radiation. are you suggesting basically an interior liner to a ice dome living quarters? Perhaps with a reflective coating to keep in heat. We would need a small volume, not much bigger than the height of the crew, as more volume equals more air and heat needed.

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