Thursday, February 4, 2010

midterm review slides

The biomimetic strategy employed for the Mars space base is the durian. The durian's thorny exterior protects interior flesh and seeds from predators. In the space base, an inflatable and pressurized superstructure is employed to house and protect it's interior spaces from large amounts of radiation, while serving to reduce atmospheric pressure as well as provide insulation. In the durian, seeds serve on the inside as individual units, yet function as a whole to hold adjacent seeds in place. Likewise, the interior of the inflatable superstructure houses a series of individual and pressurized volumes that provide space at an individual level, yet work as a unit to provide shelter in a highly prescribed environment like that on Mars.

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