Dr. Skelton's proposal "“Tensegrity Approaches to In-Space Construction of a 1g Growable Habitat” was selected by the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program to receive as much as $500,000 in funding over the next several years. Dr. Skelton's research is exploring tensegrity as a structural paradigm for future space stations to, among other things, bring artificial gravity to astronauts, an important step for the future of long-term spaceflight. As a first step, Dr. Skelton's group will focus on the design of the habitat and how it will grow in space, as well as looking at smart manufacturing and robotics technologies to manufacture structures in space.
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