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An inflatable spacecraft that could form the basis of a future space hotel has blasted into space.
The Genesis craft has been built by commercial company Bigelow Aerospace, set up by hotel tycoon Robert Bigelow.
The folded experimental module launched from Siberia on a converted Russian intercontinental ballistic missile.
Originally posted by PanzerDiv
I honestly wouldnt trust anything inflatable in space!, but good find
It is built around a rigid central core and two solid bulkheads. The inflatable walls are composed of a range of materials including Kevlar, often used in bullet-proof vests, and a fibrous textile called Vectran.
The craft is strengthened to resist collisions with space debris
The walls are designed to be airtight and tough, to withstand the impact of space debris and small meteorites.
On a full-scale module, each wall would be 40cm (16 inches) thick.
BBC NEWS | Technology | Launch for inflatable spacecraft
Originally posted by St Udio
the Bigelow idea may very well be underwitten by NASA
who is busily cutting costs, perhaps by aligning with Bigelow,
to test out these ideas with a venture capitalist....
thus creating the aura that US Businesses are Space-Bound,
and saving some launch costs as well (using Bigelow to get discount
launchers from Russia...something that NASA coudn't swing)
Thats not actually true though is it? If the projectile has infinite energy then it could defeat any and all armor, but it doesnt as the laws of physics still applies.
BTW It doesn't matter how thick the walls are, because if a meteorite hits it, it will cut through any thickness of metal(that we can feasibly launch into orbit) like a hot knife through butter.
Originally posted by Elimaku
I don't see any windows in those pics of them.
I always thought they could sell shuttle add space for tens of millions of dollars. I would think you could dye those tiles red. What would Coca-cola pay to have the shuttle bay doors turned into a giant coke can? Lots and lots I would assume.
then may I say...Thank god your not in charge.