Does it say "Blair" on it? It's not another dodgy property deal by exPM's ugly wife is it?
Vegas-based real-estate kingpin Robert Bigelow's second prototype inflatable space habitat is now in orbit and doing well, according to its parent company. The business plan of Bigelow Aerospace is to build and put into orbit large, pressurised inflatable modules which can be leased out to paying customers. Many have …
After winning "Sitting in the house and trying to sing the only song you're ever going to sell", the newly arrived "celeb" will want to holiday somewhere exclusive. Ideally this is somewhere exoctic where the local scally and his/her loud offspring can't reach you. Unfortunately the celeb doesn't understand there are places other than Ibiza and a "Space Hotel" would sound very "celeb" because it costs millions to go there.
Lets hope it costs millions more for them to return.
Even the best condoms are only 99% safe, and that doesn't mean they don't leak 99% of the time, just that the risk of a leak resulting in a baby is only 1%. Now supposing the Bigelow Space Condominium leaks a little - it'll be alright 99% of the time, but maybe 1% of the time might result is you being berthed in space?
OK, inflatable makes sense from a payload weight perspective -- but parked at about 240nmi, outside most of the ionosphere, it's going to be subject to a lot of ionising radiation. If I were a candidate resident of Bigelow's Bouncy Castle I'd certainly like to know what shielding it provides, first!
but asiude from ionising radiation, what altitude is this at? With the ridiculous amount of manmade objects orbiting (I don't mean satellites but litterally tools and detritus released from previous shuttle launches), I know that EVAs are doen behind the shuttle, as it travels through the potential debris path, using the base of the shuttle as the blocking platform to protect astronauts. Do the ISS and this structure sit at a higher or lower orbit?
Despite the huge "snag" of current cost and safety to get custyomers, material, etc up and down, it's great to see the growth in private exploration of what can be done. This will always lead the way over government concerns, once a viable return is identified.
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