NASA’s, making plans to commit in the near future flight of astronauts to the other objects in the solar system, announced a competition for the creation of a space station capable of supporting human life in more or less comfortable conditions for a long time. The program NextSTEP-2 has selected six promising in the opinion of specialists NASA space concepts dwellings provided by private companies. Now the task of the participants – to build a full-scale ground-based prototypes, which will allow scientists to thoroughly examine their structure firsthand, and to assess their viability, functionality and suitability for the existence and operation of earthlings away from the home planet.
Bigelow Aerospace will develop a prototype of a space station with capacity of 330 cubic meters, which is suitable for use in low Earth orbit, and in carrying out long-range missions. In particular, the emphasis on the possibility of using inflatable modules
Boeing introduced the space a modular system, which should support the ability to live and work a person for at least 15 years. Built prototype model and will help to figure out all the nuances in such a long-term stay of people in space.
The concept of Lockheed Martin allows you to turn one of the multifunction modules of the ISS, in a habitat with integrated avionics, environmental control and life support latest technologies in the system (ECLSS).
The company Orbital ATK develops the concept on the basis of the Cygnus spacecraft, which is used to transport cargo to the space station. a ship can get using when transporting on the Moon or Mars.
Prototype Sierra Nevada Corporation Corporation combines the space shuttle with the propulsion system and the life-support system ECLSS-in space.
The Texas company NanoRacks is considering the idea of converting the upper rocket stage Set in a residential.
Floating futuristic house