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Otherwise, the FH should fly later this year, if everything goes according to plan.
Would be cool if they did an overhaul on the ISS and upgraded it to accommodate more people, but it would probably need a lot of new components, and probably a new backbone, perhaps it would be better to just build a brand new station. Launch cost has declined a lot since ISS was put up and then all the lessons learned on the ISS could be applied from the get go. A lot of modules could probably be reused though.

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Yeah, I see your point. Lots of lessons learned from ISS, and the technologies and approaches have improved by several orders of magnitude since then. Some of the ISS components are based on 1980's technology. Not saying it's bad, just that's what worked for the time and there's better/lighter/cheaper/more efficient nowadays that gets the job done for waaaaay less cost and could (should) be able to be more rapidly developed.

 

Russia wants to build Mir-2 using these lessons and Industry resources, and I think they've got the right idea. :yes: Let's follow their lead.

 

 

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I wonder if the Russians would consider Bigelow modules for their station.
Or if they are even able to still build a new station, their development has been slow since the fall of the USSR.

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Dunno if transferring the modules or the techs in them would pass an ITAR* review. The modules have some rather advanced thruster systems which are powered by in-situ resource utilization. Neat stuff.

 

* US International Traffic in Arms Regulations  law, restricting the sale or transfer of arms or Dual-Use technologies. 

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Picking up where we left off.

 

Here's the goods on the Atlas V - 552 configuration: Wikipedia - Atlas V

 

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Each Atlas V booster configuration has a three-digit designation that indicates the features of that configuration. The first digit shows the diameter (in meters) of the payload fairing, and always has a value of "4" or "5". The second digit indicates the number of solid rocket boosters attached to the base of the rocket, and can range from "0" through "3" with the 4-meter fairing, and "0" through "5" with the 5-meter fairing. As shown to the right, all layouts of solid boosters are asymmetrical. The third digit represents the number of engines on the Centaur stage, either "1" or "2". For example, an Atlas V 552 has a 5-meter fairing, five solid rocket boosters, and two Centaur engines, whereas an Atlas V 431 has a 4-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters, and a single Centaur engine. As of 2014, only the single-engine Centaur (SEC) has been used. The first launch using the dual-engine Centaur (DEC) upper stage was planned for November 2016, when an Atlas V 402 will carry the Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser vehicle for its first orbital test flight, but it is not scheduled as of November 2016.

The article also says that the 552 configuration has never flown. It's THE  most capable version of an Atlas V, able to tote 20,520 kg to LEO. (The HLV version has never been tested or flown and as such cannot be considered a viable LV.) This is as powerful as an Atlas V gets, folks.

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My analysis of why,

 

 

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Yep, just saw it. We've got storms and tornado watches and stuff tonight, so internet has been flaky.

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1 minute ago, Unobscured Vision said:

Yep, just saw it. We've got storms and tornado watches and stuff tonight, so internet has been flaky.

That may be from the Amazon servers issue, big problems today. Not sure yet if it's a malfunction or a hack.

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In reference to the above, I also suspect that Bigelow and ULA have probably modified the fairing for this launch as well. This likely won't be the standard 5m fairing at all.

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That may be from the Amazon servers issue, big problems today. Not sure yet if it's a malfunction or a hack.

No, it's our area. Severe storms and stuff, had to shut down for a while. Lightning strikes also took down Comcast for twenty minutes.

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We had storms here too, but AT&T was solid.

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Now everyone is winding up to get things done...:)

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Not so much news, but they did just put it up on their YouTube channel, and still interesting though it is from 2015.
 

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BEAM Press Conference held at Bigelow Aerospace on March 12, 2015.

Bigelow Aerospace B.E.A.M. Media Event

Put it on while doing something else, and was waiting for some interesting news, until I embarrassingly late realized that it was an old video :-P

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There's something in the works, but they ain't talkin' yet. Maybe an XBASE or free flying station.

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A clip from National Geographic's Origins Series

Yet another video.
This one also seems to be of a certain age, and for some reason they have removed all their other videos, including the one I linked yesterday, so that is why that link leads to nothing now :-/

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ohh my body is ready for anything Bigelow.

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