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Questions tagged [bigelow]

Questions regarding the Bigelow company.

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Would Bigelow space stations work if rotated to achieve 1G simulated gravity?

Would Bigelow's proposed space stations work if two of them are connected by a tether and rotated to simulate gravity of 1G (or how much)? Would they hold up structurally? Would there be other ...
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Will the price for a B330 space station come down with volume?

I see sources quoting the price for a Bigelow B330 space station at around 400M USD (with some interesting price analysis). I have very little idea as to what goes into building these, and they have ...
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Why do they believe that the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module has “taken a hit”?

In NPR's news item After A Year In Space, The Air Hasn't Gone Out Of NASA's Inflated Module there is a quote that's interesting: "We do believe we've taken at least one hit," says Crusan. "Very ...
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Why does the ISS crew wear a dust mask in BEAM?

This video from NASA shows Jeff Williams entering BEAM for the first time. He's wearing a simple dust mask. Why is that? If there is concern about floating particles, wouldn't there be a concern with ...
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How will BEAM be deorbited?

Almost all the articles I’ve read about BEAM say something like: “At the end of BEAM's mission, it will be removed from the ISS and burn up during reentry” Source: Wikipedia. But I can’t find ...
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Are Bigelow's habitats inflatable, or expandable with other methods?

Are the space stations and habitation modules of Bigelow Aerospace (Genesis I & II and the planned BEAM and B330) blown up by air like balloons? Or are they unfolded by mechanical or other means? ...
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Why is Bigelow BA330 expandable instead of fitting fairings?

Bigelow Aerospace develops expandable (inflatable/foldable) space stations. Their flagship is their cylindrical BA330 which has the dimensions 13.7 by 6.7 meter when expanded. Current ISS modules seem ...
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How does Bigelow plan to handle heat rejection on the BA-330?

Bigelow Aerospace has two inflatables on orbit (Genesis I and Genesis II) with plans for attaching the BEAM module to the ISS. These are precursors to a full scale station, based on multiple (3?) BA-...