Articles from May 2011

Life in the future

I’m very certain that one day there will be places to live on the moon and Mars, but unless you want a house made of rocks, you need to bring the building materials yourself. However, the space shuttle is not like a typical moving van, so whatever house you will want to bring would have to be small. Fortunately, a team of engineers at North Carolina State University have come up with a plan of a lightweight tent-like structure. The collapsible structure is made from Demron, a polyurethane substrate that is resistant to both heat and radiation. It will reflect UV rays off its dome shape, and even repel incoming meteorites. As for power, it will use a Sabatier reactor for water, fuel, and oxygen, which is made from a nickel nanoparticle coated fiber material that can reduce the weight.