Creep Tests Clear Sierra For Next LIFE Habitat Stage

Accelerated Systematic Creep tests on the pressure shell of Sierra Space’s inflatable habitat ended with a destructive burst after more than 150 hr. 

Credit: Sierra Space
COLORADO SPRINGS—Sierra Space is moving on to tests of its inflatable habitat technology with hard structures inside the pressure shell after successfully completing a key monthlong test of a one-third-scale version overinflated at a constant pressure. The Accelerated Systematic Creep (ASC)...
Guy Norris

Guy is a Senior Editor for Aviation Week, covering technology and propulsion. He is based in Colorado Springs.

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