The next lunar space station will have small living quarters

Illustration of the Moongate revolving around the Moon.

Illustration of the Moongate revolving around the Moon.
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Architects design space to live Together with them at G moonateway did his best To make it comfortable for the astronauts, but technical limitations forced them to create a small, noisy corridor without it Windows and barely enough standing roomstraight.

Europeans-build an international home, or so The I-Hab is intended to provide accommodation for astronauts on board Moon Gate, a future outpost that will orbit the moon. The goal of Gateway is collaboration between the European Space Agency and NASA, and other international partners, This is to provide a place for astronauts to do science in lunar orbit Transition from one spacecraft to another, like a lunar lander. BAn architect involved in the design of the I-Hab recently revealed his agoraphobia conditions of the orbital habitat that is supposed to house up to four astronauts for about 90 days at a time.

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During the Czech Space Week conference in Brno, Czech Republic (the country formerly known as the Czech Republic republic)The moon gate will be approx a-One sixth the size of the International Space Station (ISS), named. Waclavicek, who helped design the I-Hab, said the architects behind the living quarters on the moon were limited by the amount of materials they could use. Could Transmission to the moon, which forces them to some sacrifice.

BiteLiving space of approximately 8 cubic meters [280 cubic feet] And you’ll have to share it with three others,” Waclavicek said He told me during the conference. In other words, it would be a 2 by 2 by 2 meter room. [6.6 by 6.6 by 6.6 feet]And And you are trapped there.

By comparison, the International Space Station stretches 357 feet (108 meters) from end to end, and is essentially a five-bedroom orbital complex with a gym, two bathrooms and a 360-degree window with an enviable view of our planet.

A view of the Moon wouldn’t be bad either, except I-Hab wouldn’t be equipped with the same luxury. “We always get asked ‘where’s the window?'” Waclavicek said. The moon is a thousand times further away [than the ISS] And every window is a disturbance in the continuity of the structure. The glass is also very heavy, so the window is the first thing to undo. » The hallway will have windows, but not in the living quarters. Instead, the ESPRIT’s refueling compartment will have small windows, according to Waclavicek.

With very low visibility of the environment UniverseAstronauts will find it hard to relax during their downtime—Especially because they are Calmed by the robotic hum of the on-board machines. “You really live in an engine room,” Waklaveczyk said. “Life support systems are high, they have a lot of fans, and so do you [a tiny amount] A private space where you can close the door and tame the noise.”

The architect admits that they started with a design for larger living quarters, but had to scale back due to the collective limitations of the lunar outpost. Because of this, the astronauts would be cramped inside small tube for the duration of their lunar mission. “[The I-Hab] It’s really just a cylinder with a hole on each side, two gates on either side, and a passageway running through the longitudinal axis.” “Even if we want to meet, it’s hard enough, you have to stop what you’re doing at the moment to let the other [person] pass by you It will no doubt be a cramped environment, but it’s important to remember that capsule, which is NASA’s Orion spacecraftAnd You will be attached to the platform Station during these missions, which will add a few Place of residence/residence. Lunar landers, such as SpaceX’s upcoming spacecraft, will also dock at Gateway.

Official NASA’s Artemis program In progress, still Starting in November 2022 with Artemis 1 launch. Unlike Apollo, Artemis was designed to establish a permanent astronaut presence on and around the Moon, with the Lunar Gateway an essential part of the mission objective.

However, the first components of the Moon Gateway could reach orbit as early as 2024 The I-Hab is not expected to arrive until 2027. The living quarters may not sound like a fun experience in flight, but they have the potential to make valuable scientific contributions on Earth’s natural satellite and beyond.

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