Another You Might Be a Space Nerd Moment

You might be a space nerd if out of curiousity you get out a tape measure to try and calculate your appartment’s volume in cubic meters, so you can get a feel for how big it is relative to a Bigelow module…

PS the answer was ~140.

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Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff

President/CEO at Altius Space Machines
Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
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6 Responses to Another You Might Be a Space Nerd Moment

  1. Habitat Hermit says:

    ~75 (tiny flat) ^_^

  2. mz says:

    225 cubic meters, but three people.. 🙂
    Or 90 square meters and 2.5 meter room height.

    In zero g, space should feel a lot bigger since you can for example sleep vertically and move around gliding head first.

    And having lived on a ship, you can get used to a lot too in a few weeks.

  3. Anonymous says:


    I did that too a few weeks ago. 125 m^3. And I would be willing to live in much less if I could live in space.

    My small room has about 25m^3, and it would be more than enough as private space.

    But I think that squeezing as many people and as much equipment as possible into a tiny space might not even be desirable.

    Stuff like radiating waste heat gets significantly easier if the equipment is not too tightly packed. Also in a big habitat the time you have to e.g. fix a CO2 scrubber before the CO2 concentration becomes a problem would be much higher.

  4. Habitat Hermit says:

    I’m not a “neatness freak” but not cramming stuff together would hopefully also make for easier and more thorough (perhaps automated?) cleaning. Afaik Mir was downright foul in this regard ^_^

  5. Dan Schrimpsher says:

    What if you don’t need a tape measure 🙂 I can approximate it to be (195 m^2 * 3 m high) ~= 595 m^3

  6. Anonymous says:

    Some of you are obviously spending too much on rocket stuff and not enough on your habitats… 😉

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