Bigelow Aerospace preps new digs

22 02 2011

Rendering of a commercial space station composed of Bigelow Aerospace inflatable modules. (Credit: Bigelow Aerospace)

It appears, in the interest of furnishing the new space digs (read: inflatable orbital space modules) they’re poised to launch, Bigelow Aerospace has secured a partially exclusive license from NASA.

The license is for the cryptically entitled, “Apparatus For Integrating A Rigid Structure Into A Flexible Wall Of An Inflatable Structure,” – or as I read it, “Fancy brackets to allow walls and floors to unfold as an inflatable module inflates.”

This is what one would need to, say, loft a station complete with prefabricated compartments – ready for commercial customers and occupants.

To me, this is a very exciting development, especially on the heels of NASA’s recent hint that Bigelow might be providing one of its modules to test on the International Space Station.  This means imminent progress.  A company wouldn’t pay to license technology without the reasonable expectation of a turnaround, and sooner rather than later.

The advent of the private space station appears to be completely on track.


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16 03 2011
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This layout released by the Las Vegas Nevada-based Bigelow Aerospace shows the size relations between the firms various planned inflatable spacecraft. ……Following the..successful launch and deployment of two inflatable space modules on Monday the owner and..founder of Bigelow Aerospace announced plans to move ahead with the..launch of its first human habitable spacecraft the Sundancer………..

25 03 2011
Bigelow Aerospace preps new digs (via Astrowright) | GCS Chile (Astronautics) Blog

[…] Bigelow Aerospace preps new digs (via Astrowright) Posted on March 25, 2011 by Lee Robinson Petzer It appears, in the interest of furnishing the new space digs (read: inflatable orbital space modules) they’re poised to launch, Bigelow Aerospace has secured a partially exclusive license from NASA. The license is for the cryptically entitled, “Appar … Read More […]

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