Skyframe's goal is to deploy deep space rotating habitats with extended capability for cyclical growth, and with a layered water based shielding system for protection against galactic cosmic radiation. The image suggests the scale to which such structures might be grown, if they prove to be sufficiently profitable.

The mathematics of tensegrity systems will enable maximum mass efficiency in the engineering of these large lightweight rotating structures. This mathematics was created by Robert Skelton in 2009. Skelton joined Skyframe as Chief Scientist in 2013.

Skyframe Research & Development, Inc. was awarded a NASA NIAC 2013 Phase 1 grant to conduct initial design and engineering feasibility studies for growth-capable habitat structures, see the link here:                                                                                                                                          ​  (See link below for slide show of superseded preliminary design.) Subsequent ongoing work will be published when appropriate.


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Habitable real estate for the human future in space


Skyframe is developing technologies for the deployment of deep space rotating habitats with built in growth functionand progressive shielding against the pervasive ionizing radiation in deep space. The above image suggests the scale to which such structures might be grown, subject to operational profitability.

Rigorous tensegrity engineering mathematics is the theoretical foundation that is required for the engineering of large rotating habitable structures. This mathematics was created by Bob Skelton, our Chief Scientist ('Tensegrity Systems' - Springer 2009).


Skyframe Research & Development, Inc. was awarded a NASA NIAC 2013 Phase 1 grant to conduct initial design and engineering feasibility studies for such a growth-capable habitat structures, see the link here http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/Longman_2013_PhI_Tensegrity.pdf. (See link below for slide show of a preliminary schematic design.) Subsequent and ongoing work will be published at a future date.