Thursday, January 17, 2013
The International Space Station is getting a new room
"LAS VEGAS (AP) — NASA is partnering with a commercial space company in a bid to replace the cumbersome "metal cans" that now serve as astronauts' homes in space with inflatable bounce-house-like habitats that can be deployed on the cheap."
I'm glad that Bigelow Aerospace is being allowed to show just what their systems can do. Their Genesis I and Genesis II modules are still orbiting the earth and can be tracked along with the ISS at the following link.
Our Planet Earth from Space
Bigelow is still working on their BA330 Module which is much larger than their two previous modules, and the TransHab systems are getting proven in space. And hopefully in the coming years space tourism at an reasonably affordable price will be the jump start necessary to increase our use of space and the second step of our possibly colonizing other planets.