Taking a page from Bigelow Aerospace, the US Air Force tested inflatable rods on the last space shuttle mission. The rods were filled with pressurized nitrogen gas and heated and cooled until they were rigid. The robs are now back on Earth for study.
1. space beyond the atmosphere of the earth.
prag·ma·tism (prgm-tzm) n. A way of approaching situations or solving problems that emphasizes practical applications and consequences.