Very cool !!! ...but how are you going to fit in it?
Well, DUH !!!! Full skinning is not really optional in a space capsule! :gig:What about semi-monocoque (geez I hate spelling monocoque)? Where your "rigid" skin is just is thick enough to resist wind pressure and the geodetic stringers are scaled appropriately? The example that comes to mind is the hull of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft:
From what I was just reading, a geodesic structure covered with a solid skin would still be lighter than an equivalent strength monocoque.The geodetic structure gives much of the stiffness you'd get from a full rigid skin, be it plywood or something else. Conversely, with a full rigid skin the geodetic would be largely redundant; you wouldn't need much more than perhaps a few longitudinal stringers to stiffen the panels at some points.
I forget what the Airbike isonder:, but it seems to me, everything has to be like an egg shell as much as possible.My current "flat" geodetic UL effort seems like weak tea now... I wonder if the full wrap method would work with an AirBike sort of UL? ...hummm