Inhabiting the solar system

Research Article


The new field of space architecture is introduced. Defined as the “theory and practice of designing and building inhabited environments in outer space,” the field synthesizes human space flight systems engineering subjects with the long tradition of making environments that support human living, work, and aspiration. The scope of the field is outlined, and its three principal domains differentiated. The current state of the art is described in terms of executed projects. Foreseeable options for 21st century developments in human space flight provide a framework to tease out potential space architecture opportunities for the next century.


Architecture Space architecture Human space flight Space exploration Offworld Space tourism Space manufacturing Habitation Habitat Habitability System engineering System architecture ISS Moon Mars Orbital Simulator Analogue NASA Commercial space Passenger travel Space solar power Space settlement Space colonization Planet Inner Solar System 

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© © Versita Warsaw and Springer-Verlag Wien 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Strategic Planning and Project Formulation, NASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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