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How did this structure fit into the Shuttle and then expand to 28 meters?

In this answer I read about the Inflatable Antenna Experiment that flew with STS-77. According to this article: Packed into the Spartan, the IAE weighed only 132 pounds; on deployment (inflation), ...
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Would a low pressure container lower hydrogen leakage in space?

Hydrogen, for rocket fuel, tends to leak even through metal containers. Launchers carry hydrogen cooled to liquid in order to save storage space for aerodynamical reasons, but that is unnecessary in ...
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Can Orion (or Dragon or CST-100) be upgraded to do multiple EVA's (space walks)?

Orion is designed to support only one EVA. There's no airlock so the entire spacecraft would be evacuated of air during the space walk and then repressurized from gas flasks, with a storage enough for ...
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Are Bigelow's habitats inflatable, or expandable with other methods?

Are the space stations and habitation modules of Bigelow Aerospace (Genesis I & II and the planned BEAM and B330) blown up by air like balloons? Or are they unfolded by mechanical or other means? ...
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Why is Bigelow BA330 expandable instead of fitting fairings?

Bigelow Aerospace develops expandable (inflatable/foldable) space stations. Their flagship is their cylindrical BA330 which has the dimensions 13.7 by 6.7 meter when expanded. Current ISS modules seem ...