ASU helps design space station built like village in low earth orbit | Featured Articles


TEMPE, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – Visiting space is about to get a lot easier, and ASU is going to play a huge role in making it happen. He helps design a space station.

The Orbital Reef will be built as a village in low earth orbit. ASU says it will make space travel more affordable and give more people the opportunity to live and work on a space station.

“There will be research modules that will allow more researchers to do more research in space,” said Jessica Rousset, deputy director of the Interplanetary Initiative at ASU. “It will be zoned like commercial real estate infrastructure. It will be zoned for tourism, zoned for research, zoned for manufacturing, which will allow different types of people to do more different types of things.”

She said the space station will be operational within the next ten years. She said it will be made up of modules that are like parts that can be added to the space station to expand it as more investors buy a seat on it.

“You could basically buy or rent a lab or a bench or part of a lab,” Rousset said.

ASU has been chosen to lead the Space Station Academic Advisory Board.

The team will play an important role in deciding who will board the space station and what type of research will be carried out on it.

“We’re going to create guidelines and come up with guidelines through this work of this council to make sure that research that takes place in a limited space… has impact, is ethical, follows all guidelines, will lead to discovery. promising, “says Rousset.” There will be a review of the criteria that we need to develop. “

Rousset said the school would play a role in the story.

“Part of the benefits of ASU is to increase the opportunities for our scientists, researchers, students, entrepreneurs to access the facility and to do collaborative research with others who are in the field. ‘installation,’ Rousset said. “It could be materials research, bioproduction, understanding healthy biological systems. There are so many opportunities we’ve just scratched the surface in terms of scientific discovery in innovation and research.”

NASA recently awarded $ 130 million to the Orbital Reef space station.

“A lot of this will, of course, be used to build the transport, operations and modules that will make up the space station,” Rousset said. “There are some resources that will come to support our efforts as an academic advisory board.”

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