Time to turn in freefall for variable gravity?
Image credit: NASA

 

The emergence of private space stations is sparking renewed interest in harnessing centrifugal force to make life in Earth orbit – or in transit to other destinations – far less deleterious to the human body.

Recently joining in on “G-whiz” space stations is Airbus, the European multinational aerospace corporation. Last month, it unveiled LOOP, a multi-purpose orbital station.

The Airbus LOOP, a multi-purpose/multi-level orbital station.
Image credit: Airbus

But the idea of putting a spin on spacecraft to create artificial gravity has been a longtime love affair of engineers. There are a number of issues to conquer.

For more information on artificial gravity in space, go to my new Multiverse Media SpaceRef story – “Gravity of the Situation: Time for the “G-whiz” Factor?” – at:

https://spaceref.com/space-stations/gravity-situation-g-factor-artificial/

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