ISS to finally get an experimental centrifuge


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At last! The ISS is to finally going to get an experimental centrifuge.

I have studied at length all the research done on all the space station ever launched, from Skylab, all the Russian Salyut stations, Mir, and now ISS, and from I could tell, only once was a centrifuge experiment put in space, by the Russians. Though the centrifuge was small and the results inconclusive, they suggested that even the addition of a truly miniscule amount of force could significantly mitigate the effects of weightlessness on plants and materials.

To finally get an experimental centrifuge on ISS is wonderful news. In order to build an interplanetary spaceship as cheaply and as efficiently as possible using centrifugal force to create artificial gravity we need to know the minimum amount of centrifugal force we need. Less energy will probably require less complex engineering, which should also require less launch weight to orbit, lowering the cost in all ways.

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  • Patrick Ritchie

    This is excellent news! Hopefully the data gathered from this small centrifuge will encourage further experiments with larger centrifuges.

    I have read some about the research done on previous and current space stations, but there are still large gaps in my knowledge. Is there a good summary somewhere? — or perhaps that should be phrased as: “Which of your books would you recommend?” ;)

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