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  • NASA inflates spare room in space

    05/28/2016 2:53:43 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 13 replies
    NASA on Saturday successfully expanded and pressurized an add-on room at the International Space Station two days after aborting the first attempt when it ran into problems.
  • The Bigelow Expandable Module Is About To Blow Up [be inflated]

    05/25/2016 5:21:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    univeser today ^ | 05/25/2016
    Expandable, inflatable habitats could bring about a quiet revolution in space exploration, and the BEAM is leading that revolution. Because it’s much more compact and much lighter than rigid steel and aluminum structures, the cost of building them and launching them into space is much lower. The benefits of lower costs for building them and launching them are obvious. NASA first announced plans to test the BEAM back in 2013. They awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to provide the expandable module, with the idea of testing it for a two-year period. When the contract was announced, NASA...
  • Commercial Crew Milestones Met; Partners on Track for Missions in 2017 (Manned Return to Space)

    05/27/2015 2:51:17 PM PDT · by lbryce · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | May 27, 2015 | Staff
    NASA has taken another step toward returning America’s ability to launch crew missions to the International Space Station from the United States in 2017. The Commercial Crew Program ordered its first crew rotation mission from The Boeing Company. SpaceX, which successfully performed a pad abort test of its flight vehicle earlier this month, is expected to receive its first order later this year. Determination of which company will fly its mission to the station first will be made at a later time. The contract calls for the orders to take place prior to certification to support the lead time necessary...
  • Giving the Moon the Business: U.S. FAA Backs Bigelow

    02/07/2015 9:26:38 PM PST · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    The FAA’s Office of the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST) has given thumbs-up regarding private sector operations on the Moon.
  • NASA, Bigelow Officials to Discuss Space Station Expandable Module

    01/12/2013 8:52:10 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | Jan 11, 2013 | NASA
    WASHINGTON -- NASA has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to provide a new addition to the International Space Station. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module will demonstrate the benefits of this space habitat technology for future exploration and commercial space endeavors. "The International Space Station is a unique laboratory that enables important discoveries that benefit humanity and vastly increase understanding of how humans can live and work in space for long periods," NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver said. "This partnership agreement for the use of expandable habitats represents a step forward in cutting-edge technology that can allow humans...
  • “Zero Dark Thirty” plays it down the middle

    12/25/2012 11:05:34 AM PST · by Starman417 · 17 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-25-12 | Wordsmith
    I decided to go check out the movie for myself thanks to the ringing endorsement by Senators Feinstein, Levin, and McCain: “I thought it was terrible,” said Feinstein, one of a handful of lawmakers to see the film ahead of its limited release this week. “It is a combination of fact, fiction and Hollywood in a very dangerous combination.” Despite concerns on the right that the movie was serving as a political propaganda piece for Team Obama, in actuality, the movie is rather apolitical, playing it pretty much straight down the middle. The movie does its best to avoid political...
  • Review: Kathryn Bigelow “Zero Dark Thirty” Exposes Bin Laden Hunt and Kill

    11/25/2012 6:51:57 PM PST · by njslim · 27 replies
    ShowBiz411 ^ | Roger Friedman Sho
    If anyone worried that Kathryn Bigelow’s movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden would be a political statement promoting Barack Obama they can relax. Bigelow and Mark Boal have made a very focused and harrowing thriller that centers on the real life female CIA agent who was obsessed with catching and killing bin Laden.
  • Judicial Watch Obtains ‘4 to 5 inch Stack’ of ‘Overlooked’ CIA Records Detailing Meetings with bin

    08/28/2012 9:29:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 28, 2012
    Full title: Judicial Watch Obtains ‘4 to 5 inch Stack’ of ‘Overlooked’ CIA Records Detailing Meetings with bin Laden Filmmakers Obama Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications: Obama White House ‘trying to have visibility into the UBL (Usama bin Laden) projects.’ (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained records from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Department of Defense (DOD) regarding meetings and communications between government agencies and Kathryn Bigelow, the Academy Award-winning director of The Hurt Locker, and screenwriter Mark Boal in preparation for their film Zero Dark Thirty, which details the capture...
  • Judicial Watch Obtains Stack of ‘Overlooked’ CIA Records

    08/28/2012 4:11:10 PM PDT · by rocksandbroncs · 20 replies
    Judicial Watch Press Room ^ | 08/28/2012 | Staff
    The records – which should have been produced months ago pursuant to a court order in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed on January 21, 2012 – include records from a “stack” of “overlooked” documents discovered by the CIA in July 2012. [...] “These new documents provide more backing to the serious charge that the Obama administration played fast and loose with national security information to help Hollywood filmmakers,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “No wonder we’ve had to fight one year of stonewalling from the administration. These new documents show there is no doubt that Obama...
  • Kathryn Bigelow Sells Her Artistic Soul to The State

    05/24/2012 11:00:50 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 5-24-2012 | John Nolte
    Starting with her stunning 1987 debut, "Near Dark," for two decades Bigelow was a true iconoclast, a woman director making some of the most masculine action films of her time and making them in her own way. Finally, it all comes together for her with "The Hurt Locker," and … she joins the club. Maybe she hasn't seen "The Lives of Others." Maybe someone needs to sit her down and explain that as of right now she's the pre-arc playwright shilling for the State in exchange for access, riches, adoration, and acclaim. The only thing worse than those who use...
  • White House gave Kathryn Bigelow access to SEAL Team 6 commander, CIA 'vault'

    05/23/2012 10:46:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | 5/23/12 | Hillary Busis
    In January, the Pentagon began investigating whether the White House had shared classified information with Kathryn Bigelow, director of an upcoming film about the search for Osama bin Laden. Now, conservative watchdog organization Judicial Watch has obtained records that reveal President Obama’s Defense Department did provide Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal access to high-level information and resources — including a “planner, Operator and Commander” of the Navy SEAL team that successfully captured and killed bin Laden last year. A Department of Defense meeting
  • Judicial Watch Sues Administration for Records of Possible Leak of Bin Laden Records

    01/29/2012 5:56:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Lonely Conservative ^ | 1/29/12 | Lonely Conservative
    Judicial Watch filed a freedom of information request for documents pertaining to the possible leak of the information relating to the killing of Osama bin Laden to a Hollywood producer in August 2011. The administration has yet to cough up the information, so Judicial Watch is suing them. The DOD admitted receiving the FOIA request on August 22, 2011, but advised Judicial Watch that “at this time, we are unable to make a release determination on your request within twenty (20) working days” of August 9, which would have been by September 6, 2011. The CIA acknowledged receiving the FOIA...
  • Osama bin Laden movie leaks investigated by Defense Department

    01/05/2012 11:09:49 AM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 1/5/12 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    Rep. Peter King said Thursday that the Defense Department has launched an investigation into whether its personnel leaked information to producers for a film — to be directed by Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow — on the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. King, who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, previously called for a probe to look into any sort of cooperation between federal agencies and producers for the movie, which at the time had been scheduled for an October release — a month before the elections. “The leaks that followed the successful bin Laden mission led to...
  • Obama’s ‘Triumph of the Will’ – Boycott Sony Pictures

    08/12/2011 8:11:13 AM PDT · by Roger-SD · 30 replies
    Stop Obama Now!! - San Diego ^ | 8/12/2011 | roger-sd
    Adolf Hilter had a personal film director, Leni Riefenstahl, who made heroic films about him as propaganda for the masses. Now Obama has his own propaganda film director, Kathryn Bigelow of Sony Pictures. She will be making a film about the death of Osama bin Laden to be released by Sony Pictures one month before the election. Bigelow was given special, unprecedented access to the Navy Seals for preparation of this film. To release a film like this just before an election is unheard of in American politics. This is a obvious and arrogant plan to help Obama and to...
  • Rep. Peter King Asks For Probe Into White House’s Role in Bin Laden Movie

    08/10/2011 10:25:41 PM PDT · by This Just In · 64 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | August 10, 2011 | Hollywoodland
    BREAKING: Rep. Peter King Asks For Probe Into White House’s Role in Bin Laden Movie Posted By Hollywoodland On August 10, 2011 @ 9:23 am In Featured Story, Military, Politics | 79 Comments Politico: House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Wednesday demanded an investigation into a report that the White House is cooperating with a film on the mission to kill Osama bin Laden. In a letter to the Defense Department and the CIA, King asked for a probe and classified briefing about any cooperation or consultation between the agencies and the film, set to be directed by...
  • US lawmaker wants probe of Bin Laden film project

    08/10/2011 8:21:36 PM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies · 2+ views
    AFP ^ | Aug. 10, 2011
    A Republican lawmaker accused the Obama administration of jeopardizing national security by cooperating with a Hollywood film project on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Representative Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, demanded an inquiry after learning of the Pentagon's collaboration with Oscar-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow. "I write to express concern regarding ongoing leaks of classified information regarding sensitive military operations," King wrote in a letter to the inspectors general at the Pentagon and CIA.
  • Maureen Dowd: Hollywood Using SEAL Team 6 to Boost Obama’s Reelection Prospects?

    08/09/2011 4:42:46 AM PDT · by FlyVet · 24 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | August 08, 2011 | John Nolte
    Our utter failure of a president is looking to Hollywood for an October 2012 Surprise to save his hopes for a second term. Maureen Dowd says out loud what we all knew the moment the movie’s release date was announced:
  • Bigelow still thinks big

    11/03/2010 7:02:35 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 3 replies
    The Space Review ^ | 11/01/10 | Jeff Foust
    It takes a certain degree of boldness—audacity, even—to pioneer a new market, particularly in a capital-intensive, highly-regulated industry like spaceflight. That is, though, what Bigelow Aerospace is doing with its development of inflatable (or, as the company prefers, expandable) habitats. The Las Vegas-based company, bankrolled by founder Robert Bigelow, has developed and launched two subscale prototypes, Genesis 1 and 2, and has plans to launch larger modules in the near future to support applications ranging from commercial research to “rent-a-stations” for governments
  • Wanted: Astronauts For Hire

    03/09/2010 1:47:16 PM PST · by anymouse · 12 replies · 162+ views
    Bigelow Aerospace seeks professional astronauts to fill permanent positions. Qualified applicants need to have completed a training program from their government or recognized space agency and have at least some flight experience on a recognized space mission. Specialized training and/or experience (ie: Medical, Payload Specialist, EVA, Pilot, etc.) is not a pre-requisite, but is definitely a plus. Possible opportunities will come in two areas: 1) Ground - Working with Marketing Team to secure government and cooperate clients. - Working with Design and Fabrication Teams to help optimize layout of systems for on-orbit serviceability and ergonomics. - Working with Mission Control...
  • The Hurt Locker [movie]

    07/10/2009 5:21:42 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 27 replies · 1,251+ views
    OCweekly ^ | July 10, 2009 | Scott Foundas
    Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break, Strange Days), the Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker is a full-throttle body shock of a movie. It gets inside you like a virus, puts your nerves in a blender, and twists your guts into a Gordian knot. Set during the last month in the year-long rotation of a three-man U.S. Army bomb squad stationed in Baghdad, it may be the only film made about Iraq that gives us a true sense of what it feels like to be on the front lines. It’s an experiential war movie, but also a psychologically astute one,...
  • Bigelow Aerospace Files a Challenge to ITAR

    03/24/2008 10:55:51 PM PDT · by anymouse · 2 replies · 224+ views
    In this week's print issue of Space News, Mike N. Gold, who is the corporate counsel for Bigelow Aerospace (BA), has an op-ed in which he describes an effort by his company to force the State Department to change the way it implements the ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) process. Currently, essentially any technology related to space is considered a munition and must be reviewed before exported, or, as in the case of the Genesis vehicles, simply taken in hand outside the country by a US company to launch on a foreign rocket. (In a previous op-ed, Mr. Bigelow...
  • Bigelow Aerospace Wants Atlas 5 Rockets for New Space Station

    02/04/2008 7:01:18 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 4 replies · 47+ views ^ | 02/04/08 | Brian Berger
    WASHINGTON -- Bigelow Aerospace officials said Feb. 1 they are making progress in their negotiations with United Launch Alliance for six initial launches for their planned commercial space station, starting around 2011. Subsequently the company hopes to conduct as many as a dozen launches per year as the new facility becomes fully operational. Bigelow Aerospace and Denver-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) have been working together for over a year studying what it would take to human-rate the Atlas 5 rocket. Industry sources said Bigelow Aerospace is ready to place an order that includes six launches starting in 2011 to begin...
  • Bigelow Aerospace to offer $760 million for spaceship (Private enterprise getting it done in space)

    10/25/2007 11:56:55 AM PDT · by saganite · 16 replies · 65+ views
    New Scientist Space ^ | 25 Oct 07 | David Shiga
    Bigelow Aerospace intends to spur development of a commercial space vehicle to take people into Earth orbit by offering to sign a contract worth $760 million with any company that can meet their criteria, company president Robert Bigelow says. Speaking with New Scientist at the company's headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada, Bigelow said the offer is meant to head off a crisis over the lack of transportation options available to get people to the large inflatable space stations it plans to launch by early 2010. Bigelow has already successfully launched and deployed two test inflatable spacecraft. It hopes to rent...
  • Bigelow might launch commercial space station before 2010

    08/15/2007 5:04:00 PM PDT · by saganite · 31 replies · 652+ views
    Malaysian Sun ^ | 15 Aug 07 | staff
    London, Aug 15 : Bigelow Aerospace might launch its commercial space station before 2010, according to a company statement. The Las Vegas, Nevada based Bigelow Aerospace has successfully placed two inflatable spacecraft, called Genesis I and Genesis II, in Earth orbit and eventually wants to launch habitable space stations for space tourists. Initially, the company had planned to orbit a third spacecraft called Galaxy in 2008 before lofting its Sundancer space station, able to support a crew of three, into orbit in 2010. But a statement by company founder Robert Bigelow posted on the company's website on Tuesday said that...
  • Orbital Billboard Lights Up (Bling in Space!)

    08/04/2007 5:09:13 PM PDT · by saganite · 18 replies · 748+ views
    Cosmic Log ^ | 4 Aug 07 | staff
    Bigelow Aerospace's Genesis 2 inflatable space module has been turned into an orbital billboard - not the kind you can see from Earth, but the kind that can project ads or announcements onto the spacecraft's skin itself, with a picture taken for posterity. And as of now, the billboard is open for business, according to the private space effort's billionaire backer. The first picture showing the billboard in action was put up on Bigelow Aerospace's Web site on Thursday, and company founder Robert Bigelow reported that more samples were posted today. The samples range from small company logos to big...
  • Bigelow space module successfully inflates, deploys solar panels

    06/29/2007 7:03:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 526+ views
    A prototype of an inflatable space station module successfully expanded and deployed its solar panels after being launched into orbit, developer Bigelow Aerospace said. A Russian rocket lofted the Genesis II module into space on Thursday. The 15-foot-long module's flexible exterior was folded around an inner core for launch and had to expand from a diameter of about 6.2 feet to 8 feet. The solar panels also had to extend to supply power. Both actions were confirmed, said spokesman Chris Reed. Genesis II also transmitted pictures of itself in orbit. Bigelow Aerospace of Nevada is privately developing the technology with...
  • Bigelow Aerospace orbits second commercial space station (Private space station)

    06/29/2007 8:32:37 AM PDT · by saganite · 47 replies · 839+ views
    IT Wire ^ | Friday, 29 June 2007 | William Atkins
    Private space station company Bigelow Aerospace, based in North Las Vegas, Nevada, successfully launched its Genesis 2 prototype space station from a Russian Dnepr rocket on Thursday, June 28, 2007, at 11:02 a.m. EDT (15:02 GMT). The launch occurred at Yasny Launch Base, a Russian strategic missile facility. The Dnepr booster rocket is a converted ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile), which launches artificial satellites into orbit. Russian-Ukrainian launch service provider ISC Kosmotras coordinates the launches of Dnepr rockets, the first of which occurred on April 21, 1999 when it successfully inserted an UoSAT-12 satellite into orbit. The Genesis spacecraft is an...
  • Big plans, low prices

    04/18/2007 7:41:55 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 4 replies · 202+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 04/16/07 | Jeff Foust
    For the last several years, there has been a degree of mystique surrounding Bigelow Aerospace. While based in a city best known for flashy spectacle and overexuberance, the Las Vegas company kept a very low profile: people in the industry knew they were working on something related to the inflatable habitat technology the company had licensed from NASA after the TransHab effort came to an end—perhaps for space hotels, given that company founder Robert Bigelow owned the Budget Suites of America hotel chain—but beyond that there was little information about the company and its plans for that technology. And that...
  • Private stations could take paying astronauts (Bigelow Aerospace plans)

    04/14/2007 4:55:50 AM PDT · by saganite · 4 replies · 219+ views
    Houston Chronicle, Washington Post ^ | 13 April 07 | MARC KAUFMAN
    Private space exploration took a potentially significant step forward this week as Nevada-based Bigelow Aerospace announced plans to send a series of inflatable space stations into orbit over the next decade. The spacecraft, initially designed by NASA for use with the International Space Station, would be available to train astronauts from nations not currently active in space, as well as companies that could manufacture unique products in weightlessness. "We think the time will come when orbiting space complexes won't be considered a novelty, but a necessity," said company President Robert Bigelow, who made a fortune as founder of Budget Suites...
  • Bigelow Aerospace Sets a Business Trajectory

    03/28/2007 7:46:00 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 2 replies · 102+ views
    Space News ^ | 03/26/07 | Leonard David
    While its Genesis 1 expandable module circles the Earth, Bigelow Aerospace of North Las Vegas, Nev., is preparing a follow-on inflatable spacecraft for launch and getting ready to unveil its long-term business plan for space habitats. As an entrepreneurial space development company, Bigelow Aerospace has as its primary focus the development of habitable complexes for a multitude of space users. The firm’s first foothold in Earth orbit was the Genesis 1 module, which launched July 12, 2006, atop a Dnepr booster under contract with ISC Kosmotras, a Russian and Ukrainian rocket-for-hire company. The booster — a silo-launched converted Cold War...
  • Genesis II Different From Genesis I

    03/06/2007 6:52:57 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 3 replies · 148+ views
    Bigelow Aerospace ^ | 03/05/07 | Eric Haakonstad
    The successful development of Genesis I has brought forth the creation of Genesis II. Since our first launch, we have been able to learn and grow from the information we compiled from our orbiting vehicle — expanding our knowledge to improve upon our new creation. We have been able to use and improve upon many of the materials and systems found on Genesis I and incorporate them into the construction of Genesis II, resulting in a similar, yet improved vehicle. With upgrades to vehicle control and sensory equipment, we are able to improve our interaction with the public. These new...
  • Bigelow shoots for the Moon (Interview: Plans for privately funded moon base)

    02/26/2007 5:01:49 AM PST · by saganite · 30 replies · 652+ views
    Cosmic Log ^ | February 22, 2007 | Alan Boyle
    Even as Bigelow Aerospace gears up for launching its second prototype space station into orbit, the company has set its sights on something much, much bigger: a project to assemble full-blown space villages at a work site between Earth and the moon, then drop them to the lunar surface, ready for immediate move-in. In an exclusive interview this week, Las Vegas billionaire Robert Bigelow confirmed that his company has been talking about the concept with NASA – and that the first earthly tests of the techniques involved would take place later this year. The scenario he sketched out would essentially...
  • PRIVATE SPACE MODULE ORBITING IN "TIP-TOP SHAPE" (Bigelow capsule doing great)

    02/12/2007 3:35:23 PM PST · by saganite · 12 replies · 841+ views
    ieee Spectrum online ^ | 12 Feb 07 | James Oberg
    Seven months into its open-ended orbital shakedown cruise, Bigelow Aerospace's inflatable test vehicle Genesis-I is performing smoothly, a company official has advised IEEE Spectrum. As previously reported in this month's issue, the mission was to test variations of spacecraft systems for future vehicles leading to the development of an inhabitable orbital outpost for a wide range of functions, potentially including tourism, in the next decade. "We have been monitoring all of the onboard systems many times a day," says Jay Ingham, deputy program manager at the Bigelow Aerospace plant, in North Las Vegas, Nev. "We have been very pleased with...
  • 'Bam Bam' Bigelow Passes Away

    01/19/2007 4:31:17 PM PST · by Severa · 31 replies · 2,085+ views ^ | 1/19/07 | has learned that former WWE Superstar Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow has passed away in Florida. Kevin Doll, the Public Information Director for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Bigelow was found dead early this morning in his home in Hudson, Fla. "We can confirm that Scott Bigelow was found in his home this morning. At this time the cause of death is unknown," Doll told Doll also confirmed that the Pasco-Pinellas Counties medical examiner has taken the body and an autopsy will be performed. Bigelow, 45, worked for WWE, ECW and WCW extensively throughout his 20-year sports-entertainment...

    09/23/2006 6:12:54 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 5 replies · 200+ views
    LAS VEGAS, NV, September 21, 2006 - Lockheed Martin has entered into an agreement with Bigelow Aerospace to pursue the potential of launching passengers on human-qualified Atlas V rockets. The destination would be a Bigelow-built space complex assembled from expandable modules. Bigelow's first launch of a prototype expandable module, Genesis I, took place on July 12th atop a Dnepr rocket from Russia. Bigelow Aerospace, located in Las Vegas, NV, plans to provide a low-cost, low-Earth orbit (LEO) human-qualified space complex that is accessible to the private sector for commercial activities. The Bigelow architecture can be adapted for a variety of...
  • Bigelow to expand mission

    08/21/2006 7:50:21 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 3 replies · 145+ views
    Flight International ^ | 08/22/06 | Rob Coppinger
    Bigelow Aerospace's Genesis II inflatable spacecraft, to be launched in January, will carry cockroaches, scorpions and ants into space and have more cameras and biological specimen boxes than its predecessor, Genesis I. Following the success of Genesis I, launched on 12 July, the Las Vegas-based company is expanding its study of animals as it wants to see multiple generations live aboard the spacecraft. Genesis II, like its predecessor, will test avionics, seal technology, oxygen tanks and inflation-modulating actuator valves. Genesis II will also use Kevlar membranes to restrain inflation, and layers of specialist material to limit interior exposure to radiation,...
  • Genesis-1: Reaching Escape Velocity From Red Tape

    07/27/2006 5:34:39 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 5 replies · 178+ views ^ | 07/26/06 | Leonard David
    The orbiting of the privately-bankrolled Genesis-1 expandable spacecraft by Bigelow Aerospace is a step forward in the company’s vision to provide a low-cost, low Earth orbit human-rated space complex that is accessible to the commercial sector. The general concept for "inflatable" space habitats was initially developed by NASA for use in a proposed mission to Mars, hence the name, "Transit Habitat" or "TransHab" as it was commonly referred to. That work was curtailed in 2000, falling victim to NASA budget cuts. Since that time, Bigelow Aerospace took the basic concept, redefined it, moved the technology generations ahead and in many...
  • Bigelow Aerospace’s big day at the rodeo

    07/24/2006 6:09:16 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 8 replies · 165+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 07/24/06 | Jeff Foust
    The menagerie of entrepreneurial space, or “NewSpace”, companies, have taken vastly different approaches to public relations. At one extreme are the companies that have been very open about the status of their development efforts, sharing the latest news—good or bad—with the media and the public. Armadillo Aerospace, for example, blogs essentially all the details of their work, replete with video and photos, regardless of success or failure. SpaceX has also provided regular updates on their efforts direct from company founder Elon Musk, although those updates have been less frequent in recent months. At the other extreme are those companies who...
  • Inside The Spaceship Factory

    07/21/2006 5:10:16 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 2 replies · 150+ views ^ | 07/20/06 | Alan Boyle
    On a 50-acre spread in North Las Vegas, near the intersection of Warp Drive and Skywalker Way, the prototypes for future space stations are being built from strips of fortified fabric, supertough inflatable skin and lattices of metal. Today a gaggle of journalists and space entrepreneurs got a rare look inside Bigelow Aerospace's industrial-park production facility and mission control center, just a week and a day after the company's launch of its Genesis 1 orbital test module. We were treated to three and a half hours of talk and tours, led by billionaire Robert Bigelow and his top engineers.
  • Bigelow's Big Gamble: Building a Space Station

    07/21/2006 5:04:54 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 2 replies · 82+ views ^ | 07/21/06 | Leonard David
    The Genesis-1 module orbiting the Earth not only transmits its temperature, integrity, power levels and overall health—it also signals entrepreneurial zeal and private sector spunk. As a pathfinder demonstrator spacecraft, the Genesis-1 mission marks the birth of a long-term vision to build and orbit space structures for commercial and public use. Footing the bill on this business venture—now gauged at upwards of a $75 million outlay—is Robert Bigelow. He is owner of the Budget Suites of America Hotel Chain among other endeavors and is the module mogul of Bigelow Aerospace in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Last week’s launch of the...
  • Bigelow Aerospace's Genesis-1 Performing Well

    07/21/2006 4:50:04 PM PDT · by saganite · 15 replies · 434+ views ^ | 21 July 2006 | Leonard David
    LAS VEGAS, Nevada – It’s a new form of “high stakes” from this gambling city—a privately-funded and designed expandable space module now circles the Earth. Bigelow Aerospace here is the odds-on-favorite to create a low-cost, low Earth orbit space complex that is accessible to the commercial sector. That goal has been bolstered by the success of their Genesis-1 expandable module, lofted into space July 12 courtesy of a converted Cold War rocket—the Ukrainian-built Dnepr booster provided by ISC Kosmotras. Even as Genesis-1 circles the Earth, work is already underway for a Genesis-2 launch before year’s end. That flight is expected...
  • Second Genesis

    07/18/2006 6:12:49 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 5 replies · 257+ views ^ | 07/17/06 | Alan Boyle
    Another couple of images from the world's first private-sector space station were released today, signaling that we could expect a stream of fascinating snapshots from orbit, just as the company behind the Genesis 1 inflatable spacecraft promised. And it's just as fascinating to read the stream of reports about Genesis 1 and Bigelow Aerospace, including claims that the company could be seen as privately funded "mini-Skunk Works" for NASA's exploration efforts. Today's images are still not quite ready for prime time, but one of them does show the blue curve of Earth in the background for the first time. That's...
  • Inflatable space complex launched

    07/18/2006 5:57:18 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 1 replies · 117+ views
    Las Vegas-based Bigelow Aerospace's inflatable, habitable space complex technology demonstrator, Genesis I, has been successfully deployed and is transmitting data from its 550km (341miles) altitude, 64° inclination orbit, writes Rob Coppinger. An International Space Company Kosmotras Dnepr rocket launched the spacecraft at 14:54GMT from Russia's Yasny base on 12 July. Once in orbit, the spacecraft, based on NASA-developed technology, inflated itself, deployed its solar arrays and transmitted data to Bigelow Aerospace's mission control centre in Houston. "The internal battery is reporting a full charge of 26V, which leads us to believe that the solar arrays have deployed," says Bigelow Aerospace....
  • Bigelow says inflatable spacecraft beams back images

    07/13/2006 8:09:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 931+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/13/06 | Alicia Chang - ap
    LOS ANGELES – An unmanned, inflatable spacecraft launched by a Las Vegas real estate mogul on Thursday beamed back the first images since it slipped into orbit and expanded itself. Genesis I sent back several photos taken by its dozen cameras showing sections of the craft, according to its builder Bigelow Aerospace. The company declined to publicly release the images. The experimental spacecraft rocketed into space Wednesday from Russia on a mission to test technology that could be used to build an inflatable commercial space station. Genesis I was healthy with functional onboard computers, solar panels, battery power and pressure...
  • Inflatable spacecraft launches from Russia (Bigelow aerospace inflatable space station)

    07/12/2006 10:48:58 AM PDT · by saganite · 39 replies · 950+ views
    Macon Telegraph/AP ^ | 12 July 06 | staff
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A converted missile blasted off Wednesday carrying an experimental inflatable spacecraft for an American entrepreneur who dreams of some day building a commercial space station, officials said. The Genesis I spacecraft lifted off from Russia's southern Ural Mountains at 6:53 p.m. Moscow time aboard a Dnepr rocket converted from a Cold War ballistic missile, according to the Russian Strategic Missile Forces. It reached its designated orbit about 320 miles above Earth minutes after liftoff and was expected to start the inflation process later Wednesday. The launch was a first for Bigelow Aerospace, founded by Las Vegas...
  • Model of inflatable space hotel set to launch

    07/11/2006 8:22:08 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 16 replies · 301+ views
    New Scientist Space ^ | 07/11/06 | David Shiga
    An inflatable spacecraft designed to test technology for a future space hotel is to be launched from Russia on Wednesday. "Everything is on track and scheduled for launch," Robert Bigelow told New Scientist in a prepared statement. Bigelow is the founder of Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, which is behind the inflatable test vehicle. Called Genesis I, it is set to launch from Russia's Dombarovsky missile base in Siberia. If all goes well, it will be blasted into an orbit 550 kilometres above the Earth. Once there, it will inflate to its full size of 3 metres by...
  • Russians delay test launch for space hotel Launch now set for July (Bigelow inflatable hotel)

    06/06/2006 5:40:22 PM PDT · by saganite · 2 replies · 159+ views
    msnbc ^ | 6 June 06 | James Oberg
    The much-anticipated first orbital test of technology that could lead to a "space hotel" will be delayed, Bigelow Aerospace announced Tuesday. The blastoff, widely believed to have been planned for June 16, will now not take place before early July. “We have just been informed that there will be a three- to four-week delay of our first launch,” Chris Reed, publicist for the Las Vegas-based company, said in an e-mail advisory. “We are told that if there are no other delays, our new launch time frame will be between July 4th and July 14th.” The Genesis 1 payload will be...
  • Inflation Factor: Bigelow Readies Test Module

    09/07/2005 6:04:35 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 1 replies · 180+ views ^ | 09/07/05 | Leonard David
    A test of an inflatable Earth orbiting module is slated for liftoff early next year, bankrolled by a go-it-alone, do-it-yourself entrepreneur keen on providing commercial space habitats for research and manufacturing, among other duties. Bigelow Aerospace of North Las Vegas, Nevada is readying a test prototype of the firm’s expandable habitat design and looking to launch the hardware in the first quarter of 2006. Providing the financial fuel for the project is businessman, Robert Bigelow, owner of the Budget Suites of America Hotel Chain among other enterprises, and head of Bigelow Aerospace.
  • Ranking Space Policy Alternatives

    04/18/2005 6:54:48 PM PDT · by anymouse · 6 replies · 324+ views
    The Space Review ^ | April 18, 2005 | Sam Dinkin
    I am in favor of space access: the sooner the better, the more the better, and, especially, the cheaper the better. Here are some policy options that I have ranked according to the benefit/cost ratio. 1. Encourage other nations to sell their launches at marginal cost instead of just for “government launches” as espoused in the U.S. Space Transportation Policy (STP). Russia has surplus ICBMs. We should be grateful they are beating their swords into plowshares. We should encourage them to harvest their surplus equipment for cash to worthy Western buyers who want access to space so that they do...
  • Progress Made on Inflatable Private Space Module

    03/08/2005 6:17:08 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 20 replies · 465+ views ^ | 03/08/05 | Leonard David
    Space entrepreneur Robert Bigelow has been making quiet inroads into the development of Earth orbiting inflatable modules. The privately built and financed habitable structures would be available for research, manufacturing, and other uses, including lodging for future space tourists. Bigelow Aerospace of North Las Vegas, Nevada is eying launch early next year of Genesis Pathfinder spacecraft – a shakeout of systems to be used on a full-scale inflatable space structure dubbed the Nautilus, and now referred to as the BA-330.