Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Bigelow Wants Bigger B330 Module, XBASE, Attached to ISS

Just days after his experimental Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) successfully reached the International Space Station (ISS), Robert Bigelow is calling on NASA to attach a full-sized B330 module to ISS in the next few years.   During a press conference with United Launch Alliance (ULA) President Tory Bruno, Bigelow said that ULA’s Atlas V rocket is the only one that can launch the B330.  The two companies announced a partnership agreement today.

 

Bigelow is the President and founder of Bigelow Aerospace, which picked up efforts to build expandable modules after NASA cancelled its 1990s-era TransHab program.   It launched two experimental free-flyers on Russian rockets in 2006 (Genesis I) and 2007 (Genesis II).   On Friday, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft carried the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) to the ISS and it arrived on Sunday.  Once BEAM is installed onto an ISS docking port and slowly expanded, it will be used for tests over two years.  Then it will be detached and burn up in the atmosphere.

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