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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1380 on: 12/08/2017 12:23 AM »
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The size of expandable space stations will have a quantum leap with the increase in the size of rocket fairings.

https://twitter.com/bigelowspace/status/938832873225777152

Am I the only one thinking the length of those future fairings (i.e. the middle 8m, and right 10m) are much longer than typical diameter to length ratio for a fairing? I don't have the heuristics at hand, but those two just look much longer than is historically the norm, if not outside the realm of practicality.

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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1381 on: 12/08/2017 01:28 AM »
I wouldn't put much stock in the illustrations. None of the fairing aspect ratios are realistic. And the rockets all have New Glenn fins...

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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1382 on: 01/16/2018 10:45 AM »
A short video on XBASE which I don't think I've seen here before.

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In case you missed it, meet XBASE. Proposal to put a B330 on @Space_Station. Space architecture for the 21st century and beyond. #ISS #SpaceLiving
https://twitter.com/BigelowSpace/status/952967098451468289

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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1383 on: 02/07/2018 10:25 PM »
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Blair Bigelow of Bigelow Aerospace hints of announcements to come in the near future about the company’s plans, including a placeholder for a “Bigelow Space Operations” website: http://bit.ly/2BJmD76  #FAACST2018

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/961356823696740352

http://www.bigelowspaceops.com/
« Last Edit: 02/07/2018 10:26 PM by yg1968 »

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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1384 on: 02/08/2018 07:35 PM »
Here’s a Bigelow teaser for the new website (just placeholder image, attached, currently):

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Commercial space is not just about hardware, it’s about doing business differently. Bigelow Aerospace is ready to lead that charge. More details coming soon... bigelowspaceops.com

https://twitter.com/bigelowspace/status/961666836268904448

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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1385 on: 02/09/2018 02:45 PM »
Elon Musk mentioned fairing version 2 as almost ready to fly. Is it possible the new fairing is larger and would allow FH to fly the Bigelow 330?

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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1386 on: 02/09/2018 07:55 PM »
Elon Musk mentioned fairing version 2 as almost ready to fly. Is it possible the new fairing is larger and would allow FH to fly the Bigelow 330?
It's possible.
If so, he has actively avoided saying it was larger, when there was an opportunity to, and he was making much smaller distinctions about things throughout the press conference.

A fairing large enough to enclose the B330 would however have a considerably higher drag and weight than the standard fairing, and thus need to be made in the original size as well, if it was to be a general fairing recovery solution though.

This would mean 'version 2' would need to be two separate fairings.
Also - it would obviously mean finding customers willing to take the risk.
'version 2' of the existing fairing would be a much easier sell from one which is clearly wholly different.

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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1387 on: 02/10/2018 04:05 PM »
Not much of an update, but while trawling through the site I found that they originally intended to have an animated background, but evidently decided against it for whatever reason.  There's also a video of a stopwatch running, but it's not very long and doesn't mean much.  I've attached the video files.

Other takeaways: they have a panoramic photo viewer in place.  I'd bet the final version of the site has a panorama.  Also, a 3rd-party Youtube player, so there'll likely be a video about what they're planning.

YMMV, I am not an expert, etc etc.
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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1388 on: 02/12/2018 04:08 PM »
If so, he has actively avoided saying it was larger, when there was an opportunity to, and he was making much smaller distinctions about things throughout the press conference.

Tweets hot of the press say that the new fairing is a bit wider, but probably not much longer. Also, they are open to extending the length of the fairing if the BFR hits delays.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/963095860060934144

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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1389 on: 02/12/2018 07:17 PM »
Bigelow seems to like the President's FY19 budget (or at least parts of it):

https://twitter.com/BigelowSpace/status/963126723234562048

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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1390 on: 02/14/2018 02:42 AM »
Here’s a Bigelow teaser for the new website (just placeholder image, attached, currently):

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Commercial space is not just about hardware, it’s about doing business differently. Bigelow Aerospace is ready to lead that charge. More details coming soon... bigelowspaceops.com

https://twitter.com/bigelowspace/status/961666836268904448

Not sure when it changed(poked around some the image directory shows the modification date for the new image as 2018-02-13 15:02, almost exactly a week from the first image), but the bigelow space ops clock is now at 20mins to 12.   Maybe it is counting down weeks?

EDIT: Site switched to HTTPS had to update image link to new address.

 
« Last Edit: 02/16/2018 09:29 PM by Sknowball »

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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1391 on: 02/14/2018 03:46 AM »
Any firm contracts or commitments to fly the full scale test BA-330 yet?
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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1392 on: 02/14/2018 05:49 AM »
Here’s a Bigelow teaser for the new website (just placeholder image, attached, currently):

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Commercial space is not just about hardware, it’s about doing business differently. Bigelow Aerospace is ready to lead that charge. More details coming soon... bigelowspaceops.com

https://twitter.com/bigelowspace/status/961666836268904448

Not sure when it changed(poked around some the image directory shows the modification date for the new image as 2018-02-13 15:02, almost exactly a week from the first image), but the bigelow space ops clock is now at 20mins to 12.   Maybe it is counting down weeks?



 



If it is counting down weeks, I've calculated 140 days from today takes it to July 4th for the minute hand to get to 12... you guys got any idea what's significant with that :D
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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1393 on: 02/16/2018 07:40 PM »
Bigelow Space Operations is being launched on Tuesday:

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Hotel billionaire Robert Bigelow is about to launch a new spaceflight company
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http://uk.businessinsider.com/robert-bigelow-space-station-operations-company-2018-2?r=US&IR=T

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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1394 on: 02/16/2018 09:18 PM »
Bigelow Space Operations is being launched on Tuesday:

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Hotel billionaire Robert Bigelow is about to launch a new spaceflight company
 Business Insider
Dave Mosher

http://uk.businessinsider.com/robert-bigelow-space-station-operations-company-2018-2?r=US&IR=T

Big 10 minute jump on the clock accompanied this.... ISS also removed.  EDIT: Site switched to HTTPS had to update image link to new address.

« Last Edit: 02/16/2018 09:28 PM by Sknowball »

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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1395 on: 02/17/2018 01:31 PM »
I found it quite interesting that the ISS was pulled from the graphic. Was this always the plan or was Bigelow asked to remove it?
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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1396 on: 02/18/2018 04:39 AM »
I found it quite interesting that the ISS was pulled from the graphic. Was this always the plan or was Bigelow asked to remove it?

Is it possible that the recent ISS-related announcements in the new budget have then changed Bigelow's plans in such a way as to no longer warrant inclusion of ISS in the graphic?
(ie. first graphic is pre-budget, 2nd graphic is post-budget)
« Last Edit: 02/18/2018 04:40 AM by sanman »

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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1397 on: 02/20/2018 01:27 PM »
Jump to 5 minutes to midnight.


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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1398 on: 02/20/2018 01:53 PM »
There's embargoed releases. Not exactly amazing, but interesting. Embargo lifts at 5pm Eastern.

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Re: Bigelow Aerospace Update and Discussion Thread (3)
« Reply #1399 on: 02/20/2018 03:30 PM »
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Reminder: @BigelowSpace is hosting a media call at 11:30 AM Eastern today

https://twitter.com/nova_road/status/965951976759586816

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