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Bigelow’s Genesis II Launched

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Jun 28, 2007 2:34 pm
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According to Russian sources Bigelow Aerospace’s Genesis II inflatable space station was launched at 15:02 GMT ontop a Dnepr rocket provided by ISC Kosmotras. The launch took place from Dombarovskiy, Russia.

Genesis II features items and pictures sent up by paying customers are part of the “Fly Your Stuff” program. The photos and items will be photographed and displayed on the Bigelow Aerospace Website. Public participation will also include the first-ever “Space Bingo” game, as well as the Biobox life sciences experiment featuring colonies of ants, scorpions and cockroaches.

The outside appearance and size of the new module will be identical to Genesis I — approximately 15 feet (4.4 meters) in length and 6.2 feet (1.9 meters) in diameter, expanding to 2.54 meters (eight feet) in diameter once in orbit. It is a one-third scale version of the manned commercial space modules Bigelow Aerospace hopes to launch in the future.

The next hours and days will show if all station systems are in a good shape and if the inflation progress was successful. The International Space Fellowship will cover the ongoing developments.

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