Johnson’s Newest Special Delivery
May 16, 2019
As we prepare to return to the Moon by 2024, American
companies are busy developing deep space habitat prototypes. These prototypes
are being developed through the Next
Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP)
The newest arrival? Sierra Nevada Corporation’s proposed
inflatable hab. It was trucked into the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility on May
10, and the team will spend the next several weeks inflating the habitat and
outfitting the interior for testing. There are several elements that, when
combined, measure about 150 feet long. The largest part is the Large Inflatable
Fabric Environment, which is 27 feet in diameter.
See more images of the habitat being trucked in and settled into place below.
Anticipation is sometimes the best part. Image Credit: NASA/James Blair