Bigelow Aerospace

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Bigelow Aerospace
Founded by Robert Bigelow
Headquarters Las Vegas , NV
United States
Industry Aerospace
Product/Service Space Structures

Legally known as Bigelow Aerospace, Bigelow is a currently a NewSpace research and development company in the Aerospace industry. The company is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Its primary focus is on the development of inflatable / expandable modules for space stations.

Company Heritage

Bigelow Aerospace was founded by Robert Bigelow.

Products and Services

Bigelow Aerospace hope to use their space modules for space tourism and for research requiring a micro-gravity environment.

Inflatable space structures.

Historical Events

  • 7/14/2006 - Bigelow Aerospace released the first image taken by cameras aboard its Genesis 1 orbital spacecraft. [1]
  • 7/12/2006 - Bigelow Aerospace receives confirmation the Genesis I spacecraft successfully expanded. [2]

Joint Ventures and Partnerships

Bigelow Aerospace has entered into an agreement with Lockheed Martin to pursue the potential of human-qualified Atlas V rockets. The purpose of these flights would be for access to a "space complex assembled from expandable modules".[3]

Future Plans

Bigelow Aerospace hopes that the launch of the Genesis II spacecraft will be sometime in May 2007. Testing of the Russian Dnepr launch vehicle "discovered improvements and upgrades that should be made to enhance the system’s efficacy and reliability". Robert Bigelow stated that: "The Genesis II represents our most important mission yet — in particular, with a variety of mementos, pictures and personal belongings onboard as part of our pilot “Fly Your Stuff” program — and both ourselves and our launch provider want to err on the side of caution to make sure that the hopes and dreams that the Genesis II embodies meets with success." [4]

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