Details on how it actually gets to the surface not provided......EDIT: wait looks like tanks and engines on 2 modules.... So the intent is a modular assembled habitat/lander?
https://twitter.com/BigelowSpace/status/1135583105924755456https://twitter.com/BigelowSpace/status/1135583452961464320Details on how it actually gets to the surface not provided...The only 2 vehicles that could come close to making this happen are XEUS and Starship. XEUS is shelved, I think since I don't know what Masten is proposing for a lander now. Inflatables really have a minimal benefit with Starship, with the cargo door openings not being super well definded right now.This looks cool and all but it doesn't have me excited. Seems like a product that is way ahead of the potential market and a distraction from Bigelow growong and developing as a legitimate company.EDIT: wait looks like tanks and engines on 2 modules.... So the intent is a modular assembled habitat/lander?
XEUS is still ongoing but sort of on the backburner as they await their Centaur V stage (will receive a qualification stage for ground testing) and later the lander version (implementation of CECE technology) of RL10C-X upgrade engine which is now the baseline engine version. The delays and switch from Centaur III to Centaur V is the latest hold up for continuation of the project and associated studies. XEUS requires ACES tech to fly lunar missions.
This would be quite an impressive step forward if/when it happens:https://twitter.com/BigelowSpace/status/1137012892191076353
This announcement is confusing to me, as the new commercial rules outlined by NASA today explicitly say that only two private astronauts per year will be allowed on the ISS. The Bigelow announcement clearly implies that it would be sending four each time (16 astronauts on 4 flights).
Quote from: GWH on 06/07/2019 03:11 pmThis would be quite an impressive step forward if/when it happens:REMOVED TWEETYou beat me to this by a minute, so I deleted my post.Doesn't this imply that there would be additional crew berths on the ISS, or can it actually accommodate an additional four crew in its current configuration?
This would be quite an impressive step forward if/when it happens:REMOVED TWEET
Doesn't this imply that there would be additional crew berths on the ISS, or can it actually accommodate an additional four crew in its current configuration?
As a first step, NASA is making one space station port and utilities available for industry to attach a commercial module to support commercial activities, and today is releasing a synopsis as Appendix I in NASAís Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) 2 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). NASA expects to release the solicitation June 14, with awards made by the end of the fiscal year. The forward port of the stationís Harmony module will be available to industry for a finite period of time.NASA will follow up with a synopsis for NextSTEP 2 Appendix K in July to partner with industry in the development of future free-flying commercial stations in low-Earth orbit.
right now, my "bet" would be with Bigelow being the most "able" to turn viewgraphs and mockups into something that flies...
all paper at this point.