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Bigelow Aerospace Accelerates Future Plans After Genesis I Success

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Mon Aug 14, 2006 6:04 pm
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Bigelow Aerospace News Update; Due to a number of factors related to the outstanding performance of Genesis I, the hoped-for adequate performance of Genesis II and various additional factors—including, but not limited to, domestic and international issues forecast over the next four to five years bearing upon America’s transportation and launch deficits—we have made several bold decisions. An important announcement early in 2007 subsequent to the launch of Genesis II shall expose some of our plans.

Due to this change in direction, the Genesis II will be the only opportunity to fly photos and items for the “Fly Your Stuff” program. The general public is being urged to act quickly or they will lose their chance to be a part of this exciting program. Items and photos will be accepted only prior to November 1, 2006, or until all reservations are sold out on Genesis II, whichever comes first. Please be aware that there will be no second chances to fly personal items or photos in space through the “Fly Your Stuff” program.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce the “Fly Your Stuff” Money Back Guarantee. If, after 90 days, we cannot produce a recognizable image of a customer’s specific photo or item within Genesis II, Bigelow Aerospace will refund the entire purchase price to that customer. For full details, please see the Money Back Guarantee.

Reservations are limited, and photos and items are accepted on a “first come, first served” basis.

Genesis I Mission Update

One of the last major objectives of the Genesis I mission has been achieved, as we are nearing a full stabilization of the space module.

After discovering and fixing several minor glitches, the Genesis I Attitude Control System (ACS) has been activated. It has been active for the past several days and has dramatically slowed down the rotation of the spacecraft.

The rate has gone from one revolution per six minutes, to less than one revolution per orbit (approximately 100 minutes.) We expect to achieve a gravity gradient stabilized orbit, where the major axis of the vehicle is pointing at Earth throughout its orbit, in the next several days. This will give a substantial boost to the duration and reliability of our communication links with the spacecraft, and is another major achievement for the Genesis program.

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