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Bigelow Aerospace, A new Genesis in space
ljk4-1
post Jun 1 2006, 07:18 PM
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On June 16, he'll use a Russian Dnepr rocket to launch a 1/3-scale Genesis model of his planned commercial orbital space station. That much has been public for a while. What I didn't learn until just now is what will be on that module.

Freefloating inside will be 1,000 photocards and small personal objects contributed by Bigelow employees. If all goes well, those items will be continuously blown throughout the pressurized module in a kind of space collage. Six onboard cameras will stream video to Bigelow's new website, which will launch tomorrow or Friday. Seven external cameras will provide views of the Earth from space and the outside of the module.

If that doesn't get even the most disinterested member of the public at least intrigued about the possibilities of space travel, I don't know what will.

But it gets better. Subject to a successful launch of the first module, Bigelow will launch a second Genesis module in September, and that one will contain photos and other small items contributed by anyone who cares to pony up $295.

Full article here:

http://michaelbelfiore.com/blog/2006/05/bi...s-to-orbit.html


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hal_9000
post Jul 12 2006, 02:43 PM
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From http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2006/07/10/998.aspx

It's taken months longer than he hoped, but real-estate billionaire Robert Bigelow might just see his first orbital spacecraft take flight at last on Wednesday, courtesy of a converted Russian intercontinental ballistic missile.

If Bigelow Aerospace's Genesis 1 inflatable space module lifts off successfully, the test mission could mark a significant step toward an era of hotels and even sports complexes in space.

Russia's Federal Space Agency lists Genesis 1 for a Wednesday launch from the Dombarovsky military missile base in southwestern Siberia. This would be the first on-orbit test of Bigelow's inflatable-module concept, which was actually developed at NASA for future space station modules or Mars ships. When NASA canned the concept, which was known as Transhab, Bigelow bought the rights to commercialize the idea - and hired some of the original designers.

The concept calls for sending up a compressed, soft-sided spacecraft that could be inflated once it's in orbit - sort of like one of those blow-up kiddie play chambers you see at carnivals. Only in this case, the walls are made out of graphite-fiber composite materials that would be tough enough to stand up to encounters with micrometeoroids and orbital debris.
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- ljk4-1   Bigelow Aerospace   Jun 1 2006, 07:18 PM
- - chris   Given that its an unmanned flight, the idea of sen...   Jun 2 2006, 09:10 AM
|- - AndyWard   QUOTE (chris @ Jun 2 2006, 10:10 AM) Give...   Jun 2 2006, 11:52 AM
|- - ustrax   QUOTE (AndyWard @ Jun 2 2006, 12:52 PM) A...   Jun 2 2006, 02:01 PM
|- - Bob Shaw   QUOTE (AndyWard @ Jun 2 2006, 12:52 PM) A...   Jun 2 2006, 02:40 PM
- - ljk4-1   Test flight for space hotel delayed Russian launc...   Jun 7 2006, 04:04 PM
- - RNeuhaus   A new updated news about an inflatable spacecraft....   Jun 7 2006, 07:50 PM
- - hal_9000   From http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2006/0...   Jul 12 2006, 02:43 PM
- - argv   space.com reports the thing has been launched into...   Jul 12 2006, 05:16 PM
- - nprev   Pretty cool, and definitely ambitious. Here's ...   Jul 12 2006, 06:12 PM
- - DonPMitchell   There is a famous architecture book entitled Learn...   Jul 12 2006, 07:11 PM
- - argv   the bbc science/technology website has a little mo...   Jul 12 2006, 08:03 PM
|- - mars loon   There is also a mention on NASAWATCH today July 12...   Jul 13 2006, 01:20 AM
|- - tfisher   This is exciting for the reason that it is somethi...   Jul 13 2006, 01:42 AM
- - hal_9000   From http://www.livescience.com/blogs/author/leona...   Jul 13 2006, 02:31 AM
- - nprev   ...completely nominal, then? I'm surprised tha...   Jul 13 2006, 05:50 PM
|- - ljk4-1   QUOTE (nprev @ Jul 13 2006, 01:50 PM) .....   Jul 13 2006, 05:56 PM
- - Toma B   As I understand it, there are few cammeras onboard...   Jul 13 2006, 06:10 PM
- - Adam   http://www.livescience.com/blogs/author/leonarddav...   Jul 13 2006, 06:46 PM
|- - Toma B   QUOTE (Adam @ Jul 13 2006, 08:46 PM) ...g...   Jul 13 2006, 06:59 PM
|- - Bob Shaw   One thing about the Bigelow website is the, well, ...   Jul 13 2006, 08:11 PM
|- - Comga   B)-->QUOTE(Toma B @ Jul 13 2006, 12:59 PM...   Jul 14 2006, 03:09 AM
|- - djellison   B)-->QUOTE(Toma B @ Jul 13 2006, 07:59 PM...   Jul 14 2006, 06:58 AM
- - ljk4-1   So many pro-space folks want the space industry to...   Jul 14 2006, 01:48 PM
- - Bill Harris   From Wikipedia: QUOTE Robert T. Bigelow is a hotel...   Jul 14 2006, 08:13 PM
- - DonPMitchell   I disagree. Real advancement in space exploration...   Jul 14 2006, 09:13 PM
|- - The Messenger   QUOTE (DonPMitchell @ Jul 14 2006, 03:13 ...   Jul 15 2006, 05:39 PM
- - tfisher   Bigelow has posted a first picture from the orbite...   Jul 15 2006, 01:27 AM
- - DonPMitchell   I don't think I've seen a link here yet, b...   Jul 15 2006, 02:51 AM
- - Bill Harris   >Real advancement in space exploration requries...   Jul 15 2006, 08:56 AM
- - dvandorn   Let's face up to it -- the days in which a lon...   Jul 15 2006, 06:01 PM
- - DonPMitchell   I think for plant irrigation and dairy farming, I ...   Jul 15 2006, 09:03 PM
- - The Messenger   Fair assessment, Don. I am anticipating new, fun...   Jul 16 2006, 12:48 PM
- - edstrick   There are fundamentally different types of breakth...   Jul 17 2006, 08:07 AM
|- - Jim from NSF.com   QUOTE (edstrick @ Jul 17 2006, 04:07 AM) ...   Jul 17 2006, 11:42 PM
|- - Jim from NSF.com   QUOTE (edstrick @ Jul 17 2006, 04:07 AM) ...   Jul 17 2006, 11:48 PM
- - crabbsaline   New images up for 7/17/06: Genesis 1 Images from B...   Jul 17 2006, 09:46 PM
- - djellison   Reminds me of the emails I get from Uni of Tokyo...   Jul 17 2006, 10:32 PM
- - lyford   short videos up at http://www.bigelowaerospace.co...   Jul 18 2006, 04:49 AM
|- - AndyG   QUOTE (lyford @ Jul 18 2006, 05:49 AM) sh...   Jul 18 2006, 12:05 PM
|- - lyford   QUOTE (AndyG @ Jul 18 2006, 05:05 AM) ......   Jul 24 2006, 10:27 PM
- - DonPMitchell   "Where American entrepreneurs go, European bu...   Jul 24 2006, 09:56 PM
- - hal_9000   more pics http://www.bigelowaerospace.com/out_the...   Jul 24 2006, 10:57 PM
- - dvandorn   Hmm -- in all three of the interior shots they hav...   Jul 24 2006, 11:09 PM
- - um3k   Other Doug, http://www.bigelowaerospace.com/out_th...   Jul 24 2006, 11:32 PM
- - remcook   new pictures: http://www.bigelowaerospace.com/out_...   Aug 2 2006, 04:30 PM
- - PhilHorzempa   My take on the flight of Genesis 1 is this - we ar...   Aug 4 2006, 04:59 AM
- - PhilHorzempa   A few more thoughts on Genesis 1/Transhab. Fir...   Aug 6 2006, 04:04 AM
|- - jabe   I wonder if Bigelows "hotel" or some oth...   Sep 13 2006, 02:51 PM
|- - Jim from NSF.com   QUOTE (jabe @ Sep 13 2006, 10:51 AM) I wo...   Sep 14 2006, 03:44 AM
|- - jabe   QUOTE (Jim from NSF.com @ Sep 14 2006, 03...   Sep 14 2006, 05:36 PM
- - dvandorn   How the heck do they think they're going to ex...   Sep 15 2006, 01:52 AM
|- - Drkskywxlt   QUOTE (dvandorn @ Sep 15 2006, 03:52 AM) ...   Sep 15 2006, 06:50 AM
|- - AndyG   QUOTE (Drkskywxlt @ Sep 15 2006, 07:50 AM...   Sep 22 2006, 08:29 AM
|- - Drkskywxlt   QUOTE (AndyG @ Sep 22 2006, 10:29 AM) The...   Sep 22 2006, 12:11 PM
||- - ugordan   What's the full mass of ISS compared to an emp...   Sep 22 2006, 12:49 PM
|- - paxdan   QUOTE (AndyG @ Sep 22 2006, 09:29 AM) Why...   Sep 22 2006, 12:52 PM
- - jabe   interesting.. LM and bigelow.. 16 launches a year?...   Sep 21 2006, 05:57 PM
- - Jim from NSF.com   How are you going to power it? Also, how do get ...   Sep 22 2006, 12:45 PM
|- - AndyG   QUOTE (Jim from NSF.com @ Sep 22 2006, 01...   Sep 22 2006, 01:15 PM
|- - paxdan   QUOTE (AndyG @ Sep 22 2006, 02:15 PM) ...   Sep 22 2006, 01:18 PM
|- - djellison   QUOTE (AndyG @ Sep 22 2006, 02:15 PM) Las...   Sep 22 2006, 01:21 PM
|- - Drkskywxlt   QUOTE (AndyG @ Sep 22 2006, 03:15 PM) Las...   Sep 22 2006, 01:39 PM
||- - AndyG   Bah-humbug! Ok, I can see that they're...   Sep 22 2006, 02:41 PM
|||- - Jim from NSF.com   QUOTE (AndyG @ Sep 22 2006, 10:41 AM) The...   Sep 22 2006, 03:24 PM
|||- - djellison   QUOTE (AndyG @ Sep 22 2006, 03:41 PM) Thi...   Sep 22 2006, 03:27 PM
||- - Jim from NSF.com   QUOTE (Drkskywxlt @ Sep 22 2006, 09:39 AM...   Sep 22 2006, 03:19 PM
|- - Jim from NSF.com   QUOTE (AndyG @ Sep 22 2006, 09:15 AM) Las...   Sep 22 2006, 03:32 PM
- - Jim from NSF.com   the orbiter at 230K lb would be a significant port...   Sep 22 2006, 12:54 PM
|- - ugordan   QUOTE (Jim from NSF.com @ Sep 22 2006, 01...   Sep 22 2006, 01:12 PM
- - Jim from NSF.com   All these proposals, ignore the fact that disposin...   Sep 22 2006, 03:22 PM
- - DonPMitchell   Lockheed/Bigelow "Lockheed Martin and Bigelo...   Sep 26 2006, 02:53 PM
|- - Drkskywxlt   QUOTE (DonPMitchell @ Sep 26 2006, 04:53 ...   Sep 27 2006, 02:45 PM
- - Jim from NSF.com   They say the CLV is safer. It definately won...   Sep 27 2006, 03:56 PM
- - Rakhir   Bigelow suffers Genesis II delay The launch of Bi...   Jan 16 2007, 10:02 AM
- - Rakhir   Genesis II launched at 15:02 UTC The status of th...   Jun 28 2007, 03:53 PM
- - jabe   There have been lots of updates at bigelow site. ...   Jul 12 2007, 12:18 PM
- - jabe   Bigelow has update of a picture.. pretty neat one ...   Aug 30 2007, 10:34 PM
- - stevesliva   Looks like a fisheye lens was used.   Aug 31 2007, 01:13 AM
- - jabe   looks like they are ready to play space bingo   Oct 16 2007, 11:37 AM
- - jabe   update at Bigelow site QUOTE Engineers at Bigelow ...   Apr 19 2008, 12:27 AM
- - tfisher   From one of the image captions: "The image sh...   Apr 19 2008, 02:39 AM


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