New Technology and Deep Space

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


This chapter examines technology required for deep space missions. Issues dealing with propulsion, radiation, and communication are addressed. The challenges of creating and storing food and water for long-term human survival are discussed. NASA plant physiologist Dr. Ray Wheeler talks about the challenge of growing food on a planet with an extreme environment such as seen in the current movie “The Martian”.


100 Year Starship (100YSS) Ad Astra Rocket Company Advanced Life Support Research Aerojet Rocketdyne CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Dr. Mae Jamison Dr. Ray Wheeler Enhanced Power Technology Environmental Control and Life Support System European Space Radiation Superconducting Shield (SR2S) project Exploration Research and Technology Program Game Changing Development (GCD) program Habitat Technology in-situ resource utilization Interstellar Ion propulsion ISS John Grunsfeld Lanetra Tate NASA Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) ion thruster NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter NextSTEP habitat projects Paul Sabatier Radiation Protection Technology Roberto Battiston Sabatier System Solar array development Solar arrays Solar Sails The Martian Vasimr engine William Gerstenmaier 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Arts and SciencesUniversity of WashingtonTacomaUSA

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