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Bigelow Aerospace of the expandable / inflatable space habitat tech that could result in space stations 3x the volume of ISS at a tiny fraction of the cost - and safer.

Major news coming, so new thread time.

Bigelow Aerospace thread 1....

Whoa....

Reminder: Bigelow Aerospace has existing joint agreements with Boeing (CST-100 spacecraft testbed), NASA (BEAM ISS habitat test), Lockheed Martin and SpaceX (both for habitat launch services.)

My guess is this will include a subscale Bigelow lunar habitat.

http://lasvegascitylife.com/sections/opinion/knappster/george-knapp-infinity-%E2%80%94-and-beyond.html?m

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The article itself is kinda negative in tone and also outdated, as we have several ways to get to ISS now. But the contract signed is amazing. Just reading that stuff gives me the Goosebumps. The timeline holds. People on the moon and Mars by mid 2020s.

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This isn't about getting to ISS. The speculation is Bigelow would coordinate for NASA beyond Earth orbit architectures using their habs. There are rumors of a Space Act Agreement being announced April 17th or 18th. We'll see then.

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Friggin amazing! Thanks Doc, there's hope yet!

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MEDIA ADVISORY: M13-084

NASA, BIGELOW TO DISCUSS PRIVATE SECTOR HUMAN SPACE EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT

WASHINGTON -- NASA and Bigelow Aerospace of Las Vegas are holding a media availability at 1:30 p.m. EDT, Thursday, May 23, to discuss the agency's Space Act Agreement with the company for its insight on collaborating with commercial industry on exploration beyond Earth orbit. Journalists can participate in-person or by teleconference.

The media availability participants are:

-- William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator, human exploration

and operations, NASA

-- Robert Bigelow, founder and president, Bigelow Aerospace

Journalist who want to attend in-person at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW in Washington, or dial-in to ask questions should contact

Rachel Kraft at rachel.h.kraft@nasa.gov or 202-358-1100 by 11 a.m.

May 23.

Under the agreement, Bigelow will work with a variety of commercial space companies to assess and develop options for innovative and dynamic private and public investments to create infrastructure to support domestic and international governmental exploration activities alongside revenue generating private sector enterprises. Bigelow will deliver its analysis by the end of this year.

The agreement includes a two-phased approach that will help NASA

assess potential opportunities for collaboration. During the first

phase, Bigelow will leverage its existing relationships with other

private companies and its expertise from continuing operations in

space to form common objectives between the private sector and NASA. In the second phase, Bigelow will create a series of options for public-private collaboration that lower costs and takes advantage of rapid implementation.

For more information on Bigelow Aerospace, visit:

http://www.bigelowaerospace.com

For more information on NASA's exploration goals, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/exploration

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Regarding the Bigelow / NASA report Crisp said in the closed thread -

Well I'd rather see a Moon base over another orbiting station. It would be a great start to experiment on living on another planetary surface.

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Actually two new bases would be extremelt useful -

1) a lunar base for further exploration (Apollo's coverage was to a narrow band of latitudes), exploitation (Helium 3 for fusion fuel, water at the poles for fuel and consumption during BEO missions), etc. and,

2) an "Exploration Gateway" at a Lagrange point like L1 or L2**, from which we could mount lunar sorties, Mars missions and missions to other beyond Earth orbit (BEO) destinations using minimal amounts of propulsion.

** L1 & L2 are gravitational stability points on either side of the Moon and in line with Earth where spacecraft can orbit a point in empty space. Great for space telescopes, gateways, assembling deep space missions etc. In Star Trek a location perfect for a "space dock."

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NASA has issued a purchase order for BEAM's PCBM (passive common berthing mechanism - the docking port). Contract goes to Sierra Nevada Corp., buildrrs of the Dream Chaset spaceplane.

http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/eps/synopsis.cgi?acqid=156456&type=award

I love it when a plan comes together :)

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More -

The outlined plans submitted to NASA at their request would involve NASA, Bigelow, SpaceX, Lockheed, Boeing, Sierra Nevada etc., and both the BA-330 and the massive BA-2100 (2x the habitable volume as the ISS) are proposed.

Bigelow will build scaled versions of their habs for evaluating their use as landed bases, with testing to be done in a salt flats starting within the next 1-2 years. This would include the development of deployable floors.

Bigelow habitat landing patent....

Base proposal -

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http://www.aviationweek.com/awmobile/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/asd_05_24_2013_p04-02-581980.xml

NASA, Bigelow, Assess Private Interest In Deep-Space Human Exploration

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Whatever they've been discussing after the above post it appears they're ready to talk about it -

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2013/november/nasa-bigelow-aerospace-to-hold-media-availability/#.UnrigKweenk

Nov. 6, 2013

Rachel Kraft

Headquarters, Washington

202-358-1100

rachel.h.kraft@nasa.gov

Mike Gold

Bigelow Aerospace

202-274-0227

mgold@bigelowaerospace.com

MEDIA ADVISORY M13-173

NASA, Bigelow Aerospace to Hold Media Availability

Representatives of NASA and Bigelow Aerospace will discuss the North Las Vegas, Nev., company's completed and upcoming projects for the agency in a media availability Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Washington.

William Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for human exploration and operations, and Robert Bigelow, founder and president of Bigelow Aerospace, will meet members of the news media at 2:30 p.m. EST at the Phoenix Park Hotel, 520 N. Capitol St. NW.

Under a Space Act Agreement with NASA, Bigelow recently assessed and developed options for commercial sector involvement in space exploration beyond low-Earth orbit.

Journalists who want to attend the availability should contact Mike Gold at 202-274-0227 or at mgold@bigelowaerospace.com.

For more information on Bigelow Aerospace, visit:

http://www.bigelowaerospace.com

For more information on NASA's exploration goals, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/exploration

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Thats exciting, I cant wait to see these things in action. I got really excited about it when they first started releasing info. Its seams so long ago.

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The problem Bigelow has I'd they need a way to get crews and supplies to/from their stations and that means commercial cargo & crew operators.

With Congress slow-walking the funding commercial cargo started late and commercial crew is delayed until 2016/2017. This in spite of SpaceX and others stating they'll he ready before then.

Once commercial crew is ready Bigelow will ramp up (their factory/test facility is built). The habitat tech gets an ISS test soon with the BEAM module getting a ride on a Dragon ISS resupply mission.

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The Bigelow habitats, combined with the alleged MCT and heavier than FH launcher and the soon(?!) to arise asteroid mining business, things could REALLY start picking up speed soon :-)

My fingers are crossed for all these projects.

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The SpaceX super-heavy launcher and MCT spacecraft depend on their new Raptor methane engine family, and its components (preburner, turbopump etc.) start testing at NASA Stennis in early 2014.

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They're hiring participants for crew and life support systems tests, which means they likely have prototype hardware ready fot tests.

http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/hea/4260682849.html

Closed Volume Spacecraft Simulation Crew Members (North Las Vegas)

This is a part time position. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Please apply for this position at http://www.bigelowaerospace.com/application.php

Duty Location: North Las Vegas, Nevada

Bigelow Aerospace seeks mature, well adjusted adult individuals with backgrounds in the social, psychological, behavioral, biological, nursing, engineering or crew systems sciences for astronaut-in-space simulation studies.

Qualifications: Demonstrated expertise in detailed report writing with requested education background below.

US Citizens and Permanent Residents Only

Responsibilities:

The successful candidates will be expected to spend eight, sixteen or twenty four hour periods in a closed volume spacecraft simulation chamber. Candidates will live (eat, sleep and exercise) inside the chamber for defined periods of time and will be monitored continuously.

Successful candidates will be given structured daily tasks and schedules and will be expected to produce detailed daily reports on their activities and on their interactions with other crew members. The candidate will implement Bigelow Aerospace programs for quantifying, evaluating and optimizing crew systems, including process efficiencies, program quality and reporting on psychological, existential, social and environmental factors in spacecraft crews.

Education:

BS or MS in Social, Psychological, Behavioral, Biological, Nursing, Engineering, or Human Factors Sciences.

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Sounds like they are progressing well. I cant wait until they start putting these things up.

 

I do like this bit Bigelow Aerospace seeks mature, well adjusted adult individuals i wish I think im going to put this on all of my job requirements. 

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There are 2 subscale Bigelow testbeds, Genesis 1 & 2, that have been in ~350 mile by ~64

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Hey Doc,

 

How will the BA modules boost to stay in orbit? Will they be vertical so the arriving capsules can boost or do they have their own boost system? 

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Bigelow has several different types and sizes of propulsion modules. One is a tug with 2 robotic arms at one end for maneuvering modules & spacrcraft bits. Another has docking nodes for several modules, and another has an airlock for doing EVA's. Still another has landing legs and an airlock for settling modules down on the Moon or minor planets.

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A few comments/questions

 

the 2017 time frame is for launching astronauts not the modules right?

Since they have already booked a flight with SpaceX that is at their launch manifest for 2015

 

Bigelow Aerospace has yet to book a launch for the BA330 modules it is building.

 

Does this mean that the flight they have booked is for the hub?

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The 2017 timeframe is for both the modules and possible astronauts to visit them, BA has been holding off on hiring people (and manufacturing the modules) because there was no transportation (from US soil) available for taking astronauts to its modules, in 2017 there will be!

 

The 'booked flight' with SpaceX is an agreement between BA and NASA, where the latter just put their (BA's) BEAM module on the cargo manifest for a CRS flight  to the ISS by SpaceX in 2015!

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Correct on BEAM going to ISS in Dragon next year on CRS-8's cargo trunk. In its collapsed form BEAM is just 1.737m long by 2.362 meters wide.

The commercial crew spacecraft are what Bigelow has been waiting for, and he has agreements with SpaceX and Boeing for Dragon V2 and CST-100 respectively.

His full size module launches are VERY likely going to be on Falcon Heavy, both for cost and because it can lift their 25+ tonne mass. The only other options would be SLS ($$$$) and Delta IV Heavy ($$).

The other needed piece is a larger cargo fairing for Falcon Heavy. Its standard 5.2x13.1 meter fairing is too short, so a 5.2x19 meter is planned for....2017.

Falcon Heavy #1 is being built right now for a maiden flight in early 2015.

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2014 Bigelow Aerospace promotional video, targeting nations who want a space presence but not the expense of a large national program. Also seems to target those who want to be owner-operators of purchased commercial stations.

The largest habitat in their roster is BA-2100, which is >6x the volume of the BA-330 shown.

For the record: NASA has strongly hinted that after ISS they plan to use commercial stations.

http://youtu.be/H8TxgqNc5eU

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Anyone want a job in Las Vegas?

Bigelow has 100 openings

http://www.bigelowaerospace.com/careers.php

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Bigelow Aerospace

BIGELOW AEROSPACE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Bigelow Aerospace offers full benefits, 401(k), and vacation as well as opportunities for growth.

If you are an energetic, self-starter interested in joining a growing company please apply.

We are seeking full-time, on-site employment for the following positions:

Facilities & Maintenance Manager

Spacecraft Avionics Systems Engineer

Spacecraft Flight Dynamics Engineer

Spacecraft Electrical Power Engineer

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Spacecraft Thermal Engineer

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Integration Manager

Test Manager

Assembly & Integration - Technician

Assembly & Integration - Tool & Die Maker

Chemist Test Technician

Crew Systems

Electrical Engineer - Avionics Manager

Life Support Systems

Machine Shop Inspector

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Mechanical Engineer - Structural Analyst

Mechanical Engineer - Thermal System Analyst

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Mechanical Senior Engineer - Mechanisms Designer

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I.T. Support/Web Developer

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Integration, Composites Technician

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