Researchers suggest building space stations inside asteroids
Spinning Asteroids To Make Space Stations
According to scientists, future space stations need to be created directly inside large rotating asteroids, which will provide additional protection, gravity and simplify development..
A team of researchers from the University of Vienna analyzed the prospects for space expansion and existing projects for the extraction of minerals from extraterrestrial objects. It was found that most of them consider asteroids with a diameter of 100 to 500 m as the most attractive options for development. Therefore, several solutions have been proposed regarding the design and construction of space stations or even colonies within the formed caves.
Open space mining is challenging, primarily due to low gravity. Scientists argue that if you find an asteroid with a sufficiently stable structure, then in additional durable the walls will not be necessary, since the cylindrical stations can be create right inside. In this case, the best option is a body that makes several revolutions per minute, which will provide sufficient centrifugal force for efficient extraction of minerals..
The researchers also say that the voids left after the extraction of valuable resources can later be used to create a colony. At the same time, the rock on top of the station will provide additional protection against radiation..
A team from Vienna presented calculations that will help companies and all stakeholders determine the best options for celestial bodies and how to operate them. Although experts believe that we will be able to learn about the effectiveness of the recommendations no earlier than 20 years later, when production starts.
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text: Ilya Bauer, photo: i.photoblogs
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