Congrats Mr Bigelow!
According to Hobbyspace and Space.com, Bigelow Aerospace’s Genesis 1 inflatable test module was lofted into orbit this morning on a Dnepr. Having visited Bigelow’s site, and seen some of the hardware that is probably part of what’s up in orbit at the moment, I’m really excited for them. They’ve got a lot of work to do taking this prototype and making all the fixes, improvements, etc needed to turn it into a functional, affordable, and safe space habitat, but this is as Bigelow’s corporate counsel, Mike Gold, said “one giant leap for entrepreneurial space.”
Here’s to hoping that inflation goes without a hitch, and that they have a succesful mission.
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Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew.
Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
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