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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