POLUS: A Variable Gravity Cislunar Space Habitat for Next-Generation Mission Preparation

TitlePOLUS: A Variable Gravity Cislunar Space Habitat for Next-Generation Mission Preparation
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsAkin DL, Llorca B, Chattopadhyay R, Gonter K, Gregorich D, Klein D, Mellman B, Muller B, Ortiz O, Schaffer M, Zittle K
Conference NameAIAA Space 2014 Conference and Exhibition
Date Published06/2014
Conference LocationSan Diego, CA
Keywordsartificial gravity, gravity, habitat, space station, station
Abstract

The future of manned space exploration relies critically on the development of advanced techniques to support human biological functions over the course of a long duration deep space mission, with key risks including exposure to microgravity and Galactic Cosmic Radiation. It is therefore imperative that extensive physiological studies and technology demonstrations be conducted prior to carying out such missions. In this paper, we present POLUS, a space habitat constructed in lunar orbit capable of conducting these studies over the course of a tri-phase, five year mission.

URLhttps://arc.aiaa.org/doi/pdf/10.2514/6.2014-4174