posted on Aug, 30 2019 @ 08:36 PM
originally posted by: trollz
Forgive me if this is a stupid question, but what exactly would be preventing this from getting shredded up by space debris?
Inflatable space structures typically use multiple layers of ballistic materials (like Kevlar) between their inner and outer surfaces to protect
against punctures from debris and micro-meteorites.
A self-sealing layer may also be incorporated.
I remember decades ago a space news publication published an article about a proposed mini-satellite based emergency com-sat that would have deployed
a large inflatable communications antenna. The whole system was to be deployed via the US Space Shuttle’s Get Away Special (G.A.S.) System.
Access to space be blowin’ up!