Inflatable Transparent Structures for Mars Greenhouse Applications

@inproceedings{Clawson2005InflatableTS,
  title={Inflatable Transparent Structures for Mars Greenhouse Applications},
  author={James McKillip Clawson and Alex Hoehn and Raymond M. Wheeler},
  year={2005}
}
It is proposed to employ a greenhouse for life support on the Martian surface to reduce the equivalent system mass (ESM) penalties encountered with electrical crop lighting. The ESM of a naturally lit plant growth system compares favorably to an electrically lit system when corrections for area are made based on available light levels. A transparent structure should be more efficient at collecting insolation than collectors due to the diffusivity of the Mars atmosphere and inherent transmission… CONTINUE READING

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