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(Fox News)   NASA buys $18M inflatable bouncy house for international space play station   (foxnews.com) divider line 75
    More: Asinine, NASA, space stations, International Space Station, police stations, Orbital Sciences, North Las Vegas, Bigelow Aerospace, Lori Garver  
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2013-01-15 09:02:31 AM  
Tripling the size of the ISS is asinine?
 
2013-01-15 09:21:22 AM  
fark the Asinine tag. If I had $18M, I would totally buy a giant space bouncy castle.
 
2013-01-15 09:25:44 AM  
$18M is a steal. That is a cool technology. I have seen some sketches for inflatable centrifuge habitats that can generate a little artificial gravity too. That is the key to long term space habitation.
 
2013-01-15 09:33:08 AM  
I'm glad this designer finally had his day. He was laughed off at NASA.

It's a great idea
 
2013-01-15 09:34:02 AM  
NASA has a prototype on it's site:

www.mattlag.com
 
2013-01-15 09:34:33 AM  
Here is a wiki link or some of the other things they are thinking about doing with the inflatable habitats:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nautilus-X

How about an honest to god interplanetary spaceship:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-15 09:38:56 AM  
Cue the wonders of micro object impacts that tend to leave pockmarks on shuttles etc. Blowing a hole in the inflatable room.
 
2013-01-15 09:39:33 AM  
What do they inflate it with?
 
2013-01-15 09:41:14 AM  
The Atlanta Falcons want to spend over a billion dollars, including $300,000,000 in public money for a new stadium to replace to perfectly functional only a couple of decades old Georgia Dome. Yet NASA wants to spend a small fraction of that to triple the size of the space station and people get all stabby? Priorities are a bit out of whack, don't you think?

/Pretty sure though that 18M isn't the total cost though
 
2013-01-15 09:41:20 AM  
They even have to use inflatable hangers out in space - No wire hangers, ever!

www.toxel.com
 
2013-01-15 09:43:17 AM  
The perfect environment for the Inflatable Astronaughtytm
 
2013-01-15 09:44:28 AM  
I'm still a bit concerned with object collision damage on the inflatable modules. Doesn't mean that they wouldn't make great storage spaces for supplies.

And besides, at high velocity a small object is going to puncture anything, so may as well go as cheap as possible
 
2013-01-15 09:45:49 AM  
Why is this asinine, subby?

Katie98_KT: What do they inflate it with?


Some kind of foam.
 
2013-01-15 09:46:56 AM  
Whuddif someone drops a sharp thingy?
Pop!
 
2013-01-15 09:47:47 AM  

cwolf20: Cue the wonders of micro object impacts that tend to leave pockmarks on shuttles etc. Blowing a hole in the inflatable room.


The skin is actually more resistant to impacts and radiation than traditional designs. Because it compacts down during launch, they can give it a thicker skin than the rigid skin designs where most of the space during launch is empty.

Highly compressed air held in tanks launched with the habitat.

It's probably not that much lighter to launch than a traditional module. The compact launch size is the main attraction.
 
2013-01-15 09:50:39 AM  
Katie98_KT


What do they inflate it with?


blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com
 
2013-01-15 09:50:49 AM  

taoistlumberjak: I'm still a bit concerned with object collision damage on the inflatable modules. Doesn't mean that they wouldn't make great storage spaces for supplies.

And besides, at high velocity a small object is going to puncture anything, so may as well go as cheap as possible


Actually, if you read about it it offers better ballistic protection than the rigid structure of the ISS. Its actually quite fascinating. I was thinking the same thing you were until I read about its layered protection scheme.
 
2013-01-15 09:53:16 AM  
This isn't just a balloon. It's multiple layers including Kevlar and other ballistic protection. It's more like the stuff they make space suits out of only really big. It's actually superior to the other space station modules with regard to impact resistance and equivalent for radiation protection.
 
2013-01-15 09:54:41 AM  
One of the issues with building habitats is the maximum lifting capacity both mass and cubic.

This is a very creative idea and no reason for it not to work well.

I continue to wonder at the conservatards who think space travel is a waste of time and money. Particularly those who believe in the old be fruitful and multiply bullshiat.

Sitting on this rock, man is liable to have his ass wiped out any day. Time to get our eggs into more than one basket don't you think?

If we think we have any significance in the scheme of things, space exploration to establish exo earth colonies of DNA carriers/people is the only way to insure species survival.

But OTOH, given what I've seen in general, we don't have a chance. Too stupid, too divided, to racist, too violent.

Man will not be missed by the universe.
 
2013-01-15 09:56:18 AM  
I have no problem with this. Deserves a cool or spiffy tag. NASA is one of the better things government does with our money subby.

Inflatable Habitat (TransHab) Station Module for Orbiter 2010
 
2013-01-15 09:58:14 AM  
Subby must be a retared teabgger to use the asinine tag.
 
2013-01-15 10:00:10 AM  
Great idea - attract young kids....TO SPACE

www.bouncehousemoonwalksfrisco.com
 
2013-01-15 10:07:37 AM  
How is this asinine?

Why some people see the expansion of human knowledge and understanding of everything a waste of resources?

TONS OF ZILLIONS of dollars are spend on weapon development, and while the civilian applications of military technologies are valuable, how is any investment on science any more asinine than defense investments?

I don't get it...
 
2013-01-15 10:09:39 AM  

NowhereMon: This isn't just a balloon. It's multiple layers including Kevlar and other ballistic protection. It's more like the stuff they make space suits out of only really big. It's actually superior to the other space station modules with regard to impact resistance and equivalent for radiation protection.


If it was filled with an expanding closed cell poly-foam agent wouldnt that mean an impact would have to punch a clean hole all the way through in order to pose a hazard?
 
2013-01-15 10:10:42 AM  

Katie98_KT: What do they inflate it with?


Pudding. True story.
 
2013-01-15 10:11:20 AM  

TanSau: When did Fark become a bunch of luddites?


It's always been that way.
 
2013-01-15 10:23:16 AM  
We gotta do something to get kids interested in space again.

/Strongly discouraging congrescritters over 60 from voting is also a good idea.
 
2013-01-15 10:30:56 AM  
badLogic

Subby must be a retared teabgger to use the asinine tag.

Retard I'll give you, but which party is anti science?

So subby's a retard and you're an ignorant shill.
 
2013-01-15 10:36:39 AM  
$18m to increase the living area of the ISS?

What are we not buying them in bulk?

/fun fact: the ISS smells like stale fart. Anything to help dilute that would be great.
 
2013-01-15 10:40:31 AM  
It certainly wouldn't be the thinnest-skinned manned spacecraft ever. The Lunar Module's aluminum pressure module was as thin as 0.015 inches in places where it didn't have to bear loads besides the 5 psi oxygen inside. Which was fine since it was later determined that an aluminum soda can can handle 50 psi and be only 0.005 inches thick. Link
 
2013-01-15 10:45:41 AM  

badLogic: Subby must be a retared teabgger to use the asinine tag.



Conservative who fully supports NASA- If we took the almost $1 trillion in means tested welfare spending (Federal and state combined) or just the the approx $746 billion in Federal spending and gave it all to NASA it would do more to reduce poverty and unemployment than all the welfare programs we are wasting it on now.

We spent more money in one year bailing out the luddites at the UAW-$26 billion than we gave NASA that same year-$17.6 billion
 
2013-01-15 10:46:52 AM  
I hate all of you
 
2013-01-15 10:57:51 AM  
When this bouncy house is a rockin' mission control don't come a-knockin'.
 
2013-01-15 11:13:26 AM  
$18 mil doesn't even buy you a modern airplane that can go pew-pew-pew on evildoers. Sounds cheap at twice the price.
 
2013-01-15 11:14:42 AM  
FTFA - "This partnership agreement for the use of expandable habitats represents a step forward in cutting-edge technology that can allow humans to thrive in space safely and affordably,.."

Yeah, that's a goddamn shame, subby. Creating jobs in the private sector and making space exploration more affordable. Subby, I think the only thing that is asinine are your critical thinking skills.
 
2013-01-15 11:16:31 AM  

Jackson Herring: Tripling the size of the ISS is asinine?


That, and getting to test a new space technology. Some tards like subby just hate NASA.
 
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2013-01-15 11:16:57 AM  
frugalfag.com
 
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2013-01-15 11:20:28 AM  

Katie98_KT: What do they inflate it with?


t3.gstatic.com
 
2013-01-15 11:22:24 AM  

karnal: Katie98_KT


What do they inflate it with?

blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com


penis goes where?
 
2013-01-15 11:23:41 AM  
2 minutes and 4 seconds slow
 
2013-01-15 11:23:53 AM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
"Greetings Earthlings. That'ssss a... nice space station you've got there."
 
2013-01-15 11:27:17 AM  

TanSau: No COOL tag?
Asinine?
Seriously?

When did Fark become a bunch of luddites?


Become? There's a reason I think of this place as the Anti-Slashdot.
 
2013-01-15 11:29:21 AM  

DarkPascual: How is this asinine?


upload.wikimedia.org

This is what a fleck of paint did to a bulletproofed Space Shuttle window.

Not a meteorite. Not a screw that came off an old booster. Just a tiny little speck of ordinary paint, against a hardened multi-layered pane of glass.

Imagine what something similar would do THROUGH an inflatable little space balloon, and whatever unlucky bastard that was inside.
 
2013-01-15 11:32:54 AM  

TV's Vinnie: DarkPascual: How is this asinine?

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x274]

This is what a fleck of paint did to a bulletproofed Space Shuttle window.

Not a meteorite. Not a screw that came off an old booster. Just a tiny little speck of ordinary paint, against a hardened multi-layered pane of glass.

Imagine what something similar would do THROUGH an inflatable little space balloon, and whatever unlucky bastard that was inside.


OMG! quick some tell NASA.
 
2013-01-15 11:34:37 AM  

neversubmit: karnal: Katie98_KT


What do they inflate it with?

[blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com image 400x266]

penis goes where?


In Subby's Asinine tag.
 
2013-01-15 11:34:54 AM  

TV's Vinnie: Imagine what something similar would do THROUGH an inflatable little space balloon, and whatever unlucky bastard that was inside.


Anything that would go through the "baloon" would just as easily go though the tin cans that make up the rest of the ISS so I guess would should just pack it up and go home...
 
2013-01-15 11:36:39 AM  

OnlyM3: badLogic

Subby must be a retared teabgger to use the asinine tag.
Retard I'll give you, but which party is anti science?

So subby's a retard and you're an ignorant shill.


Here are some of your GOP Pro-science hero's
http://www.nationalmemo.com/5-anti-science-congressmen-on-the-house- sc ience-committee/6/
 
2013-01-15 11:38:06 AM  
What bouncy thing Subby would buy with $18 million.

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-15 11:47:14 AM  

NowhereMon: ere is a wiki link or some of the other things they are thinking about doing with the inflatable habitats:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nautilus-X

How about an honest to god interplanetary spaceship:


It has a problem in the AE-35 unit.

/will fail with a 100% certainty within 72 hours
 
2013-01-15 11:52:27 AM  

TV's Vinnie: DarkPascual: How is this asinine?

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x274]

This is what a fleck of paint did to a bulletproofed Space Shuttle window.

Not a meteorite. Not a screw that came off an old booster. Just a tiny little speck of ordinary paint, against a hardened multi-layered pane of glass.

Imagine what something similar would do THROUGH an inflatable little space balloon, and whatever unlucky bastard that was inside.


Unless you happen to be a ballistics engineer, I'm pretty sure ACTUAL ballistics engineers and materials specialists have already looked at that in creating this habitat. Thanks for playing though.
 
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