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Growth Adapted Tensegrity Structures – A New Calculus for the Space Economy

Anthony Longman
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Phase I Final Report (PDF)
Phase II Overview

We describe a novel approach to create and engineer an economically viable space habitat development technology, for deployment of a lightweight tensegrity habitat structure orbiting at Earth-Moon L2, where onboard robotic assets will use space based materials to provide water for shielding, irrigation and life support, soil for ecosystem development, and to enable structural maintenance and enhancement. The habitat can become a tourist destination, an economic hub, and a multi-purpose research and support facility for lunar surface development and space ecosystem life sciences.

2013 Phase I and Phase II Selections