How To Live In Space
Everything you need to know for the not-so-distant future
Colin Stuart, 2018, Beaverton 629.45 STU
Pop-sci picture book. http://colinstuart.net/ Lacks proof-reading.
- p053 Atlas "agina"?
p058 Ebullism is the formation of gas bubbles in bodily fluids due to reduced environmental pressure, for example at high altitude.
- p090 "Living bacteria were even found outside ISS in 2017 after swabs were taken during a spacewalk"
- brief news flurry, no followup
- p090 "Perhaps used clothes could be fed to bacteria. This would create methane, which could be used on board as an additional fuel supply."
HAH where does the oxidizer come from? How to liquify and store the methane? Perhaps organic fiber and Martian perchlorates could make a low ISP propellant, but the pollution would be a scientific nightmare.
- p103 ISS 2007, Atlantis installed new solar arrays, fried by plasma discharge in space
- p103 Nuclear fission generator, NASA prototype testing "beginning in 2018" 40 to 50 kW (but what about heat dissipation?)
- p108 7500 tonnes of human-made material in orbit.
p110 caption: "A net could be used to snare space junk and drag it into the atmosphere to burn up safely" HAH
- p111 "... simply can't pick up a enough number of ..."
- p111 "New rules are supposed to insure that a satellite safely deorbits itself after twenty-five years, however, that's proving difficult to enforce."
p116 "...Soyuz slowly backs away from the ISS at a speed of just 12 cm per second.
- about 7000 kg, so 800 kg-m/s momentum.
- p119 caption: October 3 1942 ... V2 ... "first human-made object to cross the Kármán line."
No. [[ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_V-2_test_launches | A V2 reached 85 to 90 km, not 100 km, the modern FAI definition.
- p130 Bigelow Expandable Activity Module BEAM 3.6 meters long by 3.2 meters diameter.
p134 2017 MIT researchers: "ten times as strong as steel, 5 percent as dense.", no, superlubricity
- p139 Apollo CM lunar backside communication blackout, "any future ... lunar space station would have to contend with a similar blackout"
no, relay satellite like China's Queqiao
- p163 "Mars's natural resources", presumes available water ice is relatively clean and free of perchlorates
- p171 "A mirror could focus the Sun's rays onto the Martian ice caps ... statite ..."
- vectors don't seem right.
- p173 image, Boloid events 1994-2013
p186 "Wormhole", Einstein-Rosen bridge