Kirk Shireman = ISS managerJeff Foust @jeff_foustShireman notes that Bigelow Aerospaces BEAM module, originally intended to be on the ISS for two years, is now expected to remain on the station indefinitely. #IAC201810:57 AM - Oct 1, 2018https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/961356823696740352?s=19
Realistically, was anyone hoping to use the CBM port BEAM is attached to for something else, considering the assorted clearance issues due to surrounding structures? Well, aside from maybe Nanorack's Bishop airlock?
The recent NASA post on gateway hab prototypes has this image of Bigelow's latest concept: The propulsion module looks like a weird Centaur 3m stage with 4 engines and outfitted as its own module complete with robotic arms, hexagonal solar panels and additional "stuff" (external experiment racks)? The length/width seems all wrong for a 5m Centaur, see Nanoracks photo as a comparison, or ULA's own renderings of Vulcan Centaur.https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-begins-testing-habitation-prototypesThis is also quite different from module shown in a NASA Gateway update document produce sometime in 2018 or later: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/cislunar-update-gerstenmaier-crusan-v5a.pdfHere we see hexagonal solar panel modules and nodes without the large engine bells. It would be really nice to know if any of this is in serious development or all just preliminary ideas in constant flux. The variation and lack of consistency suggests the latter to me.*snip*
Like the habitat module, the power and propulsion element is also in design competition. I think NASA is cycling through various combinations of the proposals in the competitions every time they require an artwork of the Gateway space station. I'm not sure who designed the PPE in this artwork, but the 5 competing companies are Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK, Sierra Nevada, and Space Systems Loral.
Quote from: whitelancer64 on 04/08/2019 05:49 pmLike the habitat module, the power and propulsion element is also in design competition. I think NASA is cycling through various combinations of the proposals in the competitions every time they require an artwork of the Gateway space station. I'm not sure who designed the PPE in this artwork, but the 5 competing companies are Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK, Sierra Nevada, and Space Systems Loral.Each company is either doing their own PPE or not bidding one at all. This thing in Bigelows renders isn't from anybody elses's bid, and it seems to be cobbled together from assets they already had for ACES/B330. The hexagonal things in the presentation were chemical tugs/lunar landers that Bigelow proposed years ago and has apparently done no work on since
It was bothering me, so I dug around until I found the original web page where that picture came from.
I don't know whose design the PPE in that picture is, but it's one of those 5 companies.
I read some of the Glass Door reviews. Holy crap! The real money in Bigelow is in selling Kafka’s take on “The Office.”