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The chart shows a size comparison between the current pathfinder modules Genesis I and II, the Galaxy module planned for 2008, and the future human-habitable modules Sundancer and BA 330.
Second launch takes firm closer to goal of deploying blow-up space stations

Bigelow Aerospace celebrated the launch of its second inflatable space module this week, marking a major step forward in the company's plan of building a fleet of "space habitat destinations."

The Las Vegas-based company announced on its website that it received the first pictures from the Genesis II spacecraft 90 minutes after it was launched on June 28 from the ISC Kosmotras Yasny Cosmodrome, located in the Orenburg region of Russia.

The low-resolution thumbnails, taken during the craft's solar panel deployment, provided confirmation that the Genesis II had reached its orbit and was beginning its inflation sequence.

The Genesis II is identical in size and appearance to Genesis I -- approximately 15 feet in length and about 6 feet in diameter at launch, inflating to 8 feet in diameter after reaching orbit.

The Genesis II differs from its predecessor primarily with respect to its payload. The latest spacecraft carries twice as many cameras -- 22 in all -- as well as an arsenal of additional sensors and avionics that were not included on Genesis I.

The new spacecraft is also loaded down with a variety of nonscientific paraphernalia, including boxes of cockroaches and scorpions, and other flotsam collected from paying participants in the Bigelow Aerospace “Fly your Stuff” program.

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RE: Space Whopper Hopper?
By jtdwab on 6/29/2007 9:49:14 AM , Rating: 3
One other point to remember some of the luner landers panels were the thickness of a couple sheets of aluminium foil. Much of that ship was very thin for weight. Once in orbit and extracted from its farrings it traveled to the moon and back with no protection.

RE: Space Whopper Hopper?
By ksherman on 6/29/07, Rating: -1
RE: Space Whopper Hopper?
By AsicsNow on 6/29/2007 10:03:20 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, and this is why it was a damn miracle they survived.

RE: Space Whopper Hopper?
By KristopherKubicki on 6/29/2007 11:35:13 AM , Rating: 4
You also have to keep in mind space is really empty -- maybe not in LEO, but in general there's really not much of anything up there.

This is partly why we can see billions of miles unobstructed, those little particles just aren't that common.

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