Product/Service - B330, First Base
- Space Stations & Habitats
- Commercial Space Station
- Commercial ISS Module
- First launch
The first demonstration of viability of expandable habitat technology. The first step in validating our architecture was to demonstrate successful deployment and expansion of the structure in low Earth orbit, which Genesis I and II both accomplished.
Launch our first spacecraft in the US? Not an option. Prices were too expensive for domestic launch vehicles at the time. Mr. Bigelow was forced to look elsewhere for affordable transportation. Genesis I and II were both launched on converted Russian ICBM’s, also known as ‘the Dnepr’.
Our first operational spacecraft
Genesis I was launched on July 12, 2006 at the ISC Kosmotravs Space and Missile Complex near Yasny, Russia. The launch, deployment and operation of Genesis I was successful.
Our second operational spacecraft, with more capability
Just under one year later, on June 28, 2007 we launched our second iteration. Genesis II was also launched from the Kosmotras Space and Missile Complex near the town of Yasny. This spacecraft was also a success.
We were in contact with both Genesis spacecraft for much longer than expected. Communications onboard were nominally expected to last for six months. However, we were in contact with both spacecraft for over two years. Currently, both spacecraft are in orbit, and are being pulled back towards Earth and will someday safely burn up in the atmosphere.
Happen to look at our website back in 2007? Then you may know that for $295 you could ship us a small payload to fly aboard the Genesis II spacecraft. We received all kinds of items from ashes to pictures to business cards. We successfully photographed every item we flew in orbit for our customers.
Advertising in space? We've been there. We used a projector and a paired camera to turn the outside of our spacecraft into a billboard. For fun, every employee's photograph was projected onto the exterior of the spacecraft.
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is an expandable habitat technology demonstration for the International Space Station. Expandable habitats greatly decrease the amount of transport volume for future space missions
Meet "First Base" - A lunar landers best friend
- This base can accommodate four people for a long duration or six people for 120 days on the surface of the moon
- Habitat interior volume is 330m³, not including two airlocks
- Interior accommodations include six large crew quarters, a large amount of storage capacity, two toilets and two galleys
- On either side of the habitat are two airlocks- each with double compartments
- Attached to the airlocks are opposing propulsion and warehouse structures
- One warehouse is large enough for a solar array field to handle all of the power needs
- The second warehouse is large enough to store two full-scale, two person cabin enclosed lunar rovers
BEAM is currently attached to ISS. First orbiting prototypes launched in 2006 and 2007.
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