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  • Originally posted by Penny the Penguin View Post
    NASA Begins Testing Habitation Prototypes

    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-be...ion-prototypes
    I'm hoping that NASA will let go of their conservatism enough to go with a design similar to Sierra Nevada/Bigelow (inflatable) or NanoRacks (spent rocket stage). Especially given the limited number of modules that Gateway is planned to be built out of, those are the only options that would provide appreciable volume for habitation--similar in fact to what Skylab provided (~300 m^3). For context (and entertainment):



    Even better would be a centrifuge like Nautilus-X that was proposed for demonstration on the ISS. Unfortunately, there's no way for that technology to be ready on the accelerated timetable that NASA is facing now.

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    • Originally posted by moosefoot View Post
      Somewhat eccentric but highly successful Russian entrepreneur Filyov, who's gotten rich on his S7 empire (for example S7 Airlines with their lime green fleet, which is the biggest domestic air carrier in Russia now) seems to wanna become the Elon Muskski of Russia...

      Bunch of years ago, he founded "S7 Space", then bought up SeaLaunch (which launched Zenit rockets from a floating launchpad back in the day), and now he's acquired a Russian license for building and maintaining spacecraft:
      https://tass.ru/kosmos/5880747

      Earlier it was reported that he was going to purchase the technical documentation and manufacturing rights for the badass NK-33 rocket engines:
      https://hightech.fm/2018/06/19/sea_launch

      ...And today it was reported that they plan an orbital spacedock:
      https://www.rt.com/business/447368-s...tal-spaceport/

      Good luck. Would be cool though, these private endeavours have been the driving force of space developments for quite some time now, so it is the way to go. Can he prove himself and perhaps land some Roscosmos launch contracts, he'll be well on his way.
      Well, Filyov died in a small private plane crash in Germany today...
      https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=223635

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      • Originally posted by moosefoot View Post

        Well, Filyov died in a small private plane crash in Germany today...
        https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=223635
        Damn...I hope someone picks up the torch.

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        • Originally posted by Telmar View Post

          Damn...I hope someone picks up the torch.
          Well, turned out it was his wife that died in the crash, co-owner of S7 together with Filyov. The initial news I heard said it was him. Still, sad of course, and she was also a highly successful entrepreneur and together with Filyov one of the few big Russian business names that didn't get filthy rich by stealing state assets, oligarching and being knee-deep in organized crime.

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          • Originally posted by Ratamacue View Post
            I'm hoping that NASA will let go of their conservatism enough to go with a design similar to Sierra Nevada/Bigelow (inflatable) or NanoRacks (spent rocket stage). Especially given the limited number of modules that Gateway is planned to be built out of, those are the only options that would provide appreciable volume for habitation--similar in fact to what Skylab provided (~300 m^3). For context (and entertainment):



            Even better would be a centrifuge like Nautilus-X that was proposed for demonstration on the ISS. Unfortunately, there's no way for that technology to be ready on the accelerated timetable that NASA is facing now.

            I agree on the inflatable option, especially with the timeline and cost considerations involved. I like the centrifuge concept, in any case.
            Whatever NASA end up doing with it, it will be interesting.

            That video its fantastic!

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            • 'Groundbreaking Result' Coming from Black-Hole Hunting Event Horizon Telescope Next Week

              The Event Horizon Telescope team has a big announcement on April 10.
              We may be about to get an epic and unprecedented look at a
              black hole.
              https://www.space.com/event-horizon-...5Qe7TCY74aGLI0

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              • First ever black hole image released

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                • Holy Cow...

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