A Home for a Habitat
March 13, 2019
One of the next stops in
NASA’s quest to refine requirements for a U.S. habitat module perfect for deep space exploration is happening right here at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
prototype, which was developed through the Next Space Technologies for
Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP)
program, was trucked to the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility last week. Now at
home in the behemoth training facility, the habitat will soon be put to the test by
Johnson engineers and astronauts. The mock habitat module is equipped with an
airlock and other elements that could eventually be part of NASA’s next orbital
is one of two companies whose prototypes will be tested at Johnson. The first
round of verification for Northrop Grumman’s NextSTEP hab is slated for the end
of April/early May timeframe.
Sierra Nevada Corporation's
own prototype will arrive a bit later and be evaluated at Johnson during the
simmering summer months.
Image credit: NASA/Tori Palmer
Enjoy more photos from the NextSTEP hab's travels and setup in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility below.