A NEW video has shown inflatable space houses being blown up due to the immense pressure.
The American aerospace company Lockheed Martin has developed inflatable structures that can accommodate astronauts in space.
However, to ensure they are safe for human habitation, they must test their pressure points.
Lockheed Martin has documented the testing in a new video that shows the habitats being ripped to pieces.
Dubbed the “ultimate burst pressure test,” the experiment was conducted at Colorado’s Waterton Canyon facility in early December.
The test essentially consists of overpressurizing the inflatable habitats to the point of explosion.
“What is a burst test? Pretty close to what it sounds like: a test that pressurizes a subscale or 1:1 scale inflatable habitat until it literally bursts,” said Lockheed Martin in a expression.
“The goal of the eruption is to test the habitat’s strength many times beyond what it will experience in space to validate its design — similar to the structural stress tests typically performed on other spacecraft such as Orion,” continued the explanation continued.
In the video, viewers can see the pressure build up in a habitat until it bursts at 285 pounds per square inch Space.com.
How does it work?
The test unit was equipped with hundreds of sensors and monitored with high-speed cameras.
This provided thousands of data points on how and where the expandable habitat failed.
Lockheed Martin researchers are determined to make the habitat suitable for space pressure.
“Our inflatable design has performed phenomenally and we are pleased to take a comprehensive look at the data collected during both tests,” said Tyler Muma, Lockheed Martin’s Softgoods Technology Lead.
“This tech demo is the first step in proving our inflatable habitat design, which we believe will be one of the key factors in making life easier for people in space and enabling people to explore space further.” to explore than ever before.”
In the future, the company hopes to further develop its inflatable technology to enable larger and more diverse habitats in extreme environments.
“This is critical to ensure our design can support multiple missions while continuing to keep people safe while living and working in space farther from Earth and over longer distances than ever before,” Muma said.
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