Commercial Space – Part Three

As we continue our look at the Commercial Space Industry we turn out focus on Bigelow Aerospace.

Bigelow Aerospace

Unlike SpaceX and Orbital, Bigelow is focusing on creating Orbital Space Stations using inflatable technologies to drastically increase the usable space available once on orbit.

So far they have launched the Genesis 1 and 2 modules and from a recently email conversation with Bigelow have determined that both are still operating in orbit today.

They are currently working on the BA330 Station, each will have roughly 330 cubic meters of internal space and multiple modules can be linked together to provide larger complexes.

As Bigelow are concentrating on the development of Space Stations not launch vehicles they do not currently have a way of getting crew to the stations.  They have recently been linked with Boeing who are working on the CST100 crew vehicle ( we will discuss this soon ).

 

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