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NASA release inflatable space station. / February 25, 2010 /

The U.S. space agency (NASA) intends to undertake the development of inflatable space stations. Such a possibility is envisaged in the budget of NASA in 2011.

Air station in the «collapsed» form is much easier to deliver into orbit than modules «normal» stations. Other advantages are its larger size, less weight and possibly lower cost. At the moment details of the construction of the inflatable station in document no. In addition to station U.S. space agency intends to do work on other innovative projects. Funds for this came from NASA after the White House decided to abandon the lunar program.

One of the measures that can put to work on non-standard ideas «on stream», is the restoration of the Institute of promising ideas (NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts — NIAC). Specialists NIAC doing projects such as the space elevator, the motor of antimatter, space suit, which receives energy from the movements of the astronaut. In 2007, due to budgetary constraints it was decided to close the institute.

The new budget NASA, first released in February 2010, provides funding for the short-term missions and innovative research. From large-scale projects like building a manned base on the Moon and the creation of new spacecraft was abandoned. Before that, NASA developed the ship «Orion» and the launch vehicles of the family «Ares». Now, given the creation of new ships at the mercy of private companies.

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