Sierra Space has successfully demonstrated, in a ground test, that their full-scale inflatable habitat, designed for a future space station, meets NASA’s stringent safety standards. Conducted at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the test subjected Sierra Space’s 300 cubic meter inflatable structure to pressures five times higher than those it would encounter in space. Referred to as the ultimate burst pressure test, the results surpassed NASA’s recommended safety standard, marking a significant technical achievement.
The inflatable technology, developed in collaboration with ILC Dover, endured pressures, with the structure bursting at 77 psi, exceeding NASA’s safety standard of 60.8 psi, four times the module’s real-life operating pressure. Sierra Space, known for the Dream Chaser spaceplane, is a key player in the race to build a new commercial space station, with their Orbital Reef concept developed in partnership with Blue Origin.Continue reading… “Sierra Space Achieves Milestone in Inflatable Habitat Technology for Future Space Stations”