NASA and Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company Blue Origin have teamed up to emulate the gravity of the moon on the company’s New Shepard rocket. “The gravity of the moon on its surface is one of the many variable conditions in which technologies targeting the Moon should work well,” explains the statement from the space agency.
NASA and Blue Origin team up
The initial step in achieving this achievement is to convert the ship’s capsule into a centrifuge, similar to washing machines but substantially more impressive. “The New Shepard upgrades will allow the vehicle to use its reaction control system to impart a rotation to the capsule. Thus, the entire capsule essentially acts as a large centrifuge to create conditions of artificial gravity for the payloads in the vehicle. interior, “says the NASA statement.
The innovation is required to be ready before the end of 2022 and will become a complement to the Artemis program, which tries to put a man again and curiously a woman on the moon in 2024. Before achieving the great goal of carrying cargo and a crew to the moon, the main experimental exercise will target 11 rotations per minute to give more than two minutes of continuous lunar gravity. It will open up innovation to challenging and difficult-to-operate conditions.
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According to Christopher Baker, director of NASA’s Flight Opportunities program, one of today’s constant challenges of living and working in space is the decrease in gravity. He added that many of the systems planned on Earth for astronauts do not work the same way elsewhere. What is sought with New Shepard is to improve the lunar gravity opening time and payload capacity.
“Right now, NASA can approximate the Moon’s gravity in parabolic flights and in centrifuges in suborbital vehicles, both invaluable alternatives for maturing promising innovations,” he said. Be that as it may, these strategies give lunar gravity only seconds at a time or limit the size of the payload, forcing NASA to investigate alternatives of longer duration and size. Blue Origin’s new lunar gravity testing capability, expected to be available in late 2022, responds to that need.
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– Blue origin (@blueorigin) March 9, 2021
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