PopUp Spacestation

Prizewinner: Modern Lightweight Award

For space stations it matters on each gram weight, which must be transported into space. The strict specifications for size and weight have a direct impact on the space station‘s interior quality, which in the past was compromised the most. The main idea was to increase the interior quality without limiting the functionality. This resulted in a concept, which is to be understood more as a vision than a ready to fabricate planing. It aims to explore the potentials of detaching itself from earthly structures like top and bottom as well as weight.
The popup space station uses only a minimal amount of room when folded. It can be transported into earth orbit with the today available carrier rockets. In contrast to other space stations, such as the ISS, which required far more than 200 rocket launches, the popup space station requires only one rocket launch. Arriving in space, the space station unfolds through air that is lead into the outer shell. The space station inflates and the inner volume increases. The outer shell of the space station is divided into three spheres of different sizes. There are main functions, which are located in the core as well as extension functions, which are arranged between core and shell. The core functions include the three sleeping cabins of the crew, a shower and a toilet. The extension functions are working, training and eating.
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