Category Archive: Orbital Space Stations

Dec 20 2015

News that shouldn’t be news in the future

Unscheduled spacewalk likely on Monday. I look forward to the day when a maintenance spacewalk to jigger with something that is stuck isn’t news at all, because it’s become so routine on the multiple orbital stations we have up there that it just doesn’t warrant notice. Late Wednesday, the Mobile Transporter rail car on the …

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Nov 17 2015

Q.E.D.

As if on cue and in support of my points in the last post: Here Is the Soviet Union’s Secret Space Cannon In 1975: the USSR actually fired a cannon from an orbiting space station. Forty years later, we finally got a good look at this gun. 1975 was eight years after the signing of …

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Sep 30 2015

NASA extends ISS support contract

NASA, Boeing Extend ISS Contract. Congrats to Boeing! The contract includes a study to determine if the ISS can be sustained through 2028. Presumably, the answer will be “yes”, but hopefully that study will be a major data point for the commercial venture that is looking to buy a space station.

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Sep 09 2015

Putting a round peg in a round hole never looked so cool

Slam Dunk for Andreas in Space Controlling Rover on Ground. I am pretty critical of the claims that the ISS is there to help us get ready for missions to Mars, because The ISS was in operation long before Mars became an objective of NASA, and Very little in the daily activities on the ISS …

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Aug 19 2015

Bigelow Aerospace wins NASA contract for B330 study

Bigelow Aerospace and NASA Execute NextSTEP Contract to Study B330 Utilization. Love, Love, LOVE this! This tells me that, even though Bigelow’s BEAM has not docked with the ISS for testing, NASA has some level of confidence that it will work just fine. Via its NextSTEP contract, Bigelow Aerospace will demonstrate to NASA how B330 …

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May 25 2015

The development of LEO Space Tourism and secondary markets

Related Posts in this series: An Examination of Delta-v in Cis-Lunar space There are already profitable Space markets today: Communications (e.g. Satellite TV, Sirius Radio, INMARSAT), Earth Observing (in which I include general imagery, weather, cartography), and Positioning (GPS). I see these markets growing in customers and decreasing in cost over time, which likely will …

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Mar 30 2015

Curiouser…and curiouser

Russia announces plan to build new space station with NASA. My first thought when I read this was “Does NASA know?” — but Charlie Bolden was standing right there. The fact that there’s nothing on NASA’s web site about a new space station is…curious. My second thought was “The Russians must have abandoned plans for …

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Mar 20 2015

Bigelow’s BEAM ready for launch

Bigelow Aerospace Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) Completes Major Milestones. It’ll be carried to ISS on-board a Dragon capsule later this year for a two year test demonstration. SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace working together — my two favorite New Space companies!!

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Mar 11 2015

Pretty good article on the present and near future of NASA and New Space cooperation

Shaping up: the future of US space transportation. Key paragraphs: Government is effectively stepping aside as long as NASA’s essential launch needs are met. This tracks what was done in the early days of aviation. Then, mail contracts beginning in 1925 were the vehicle for developing the aviation industry. Now launches to the ISS become …

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Feb 25 2015

Russian space milestones set

In wet concrete, anyways. Dates announced include Continued use of the ISS until around 2024 Their own orbital station by around 2025 Send manned missions to the moon around 2030 Hmmmmmmm….I wonder if this means the ISS will be available for leasing or outright purchase in 2025? Presumably Bigelow will have at least one station …

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Feb 10 2015

Pretty good article on how Prizes and Competitions spur space advances

With a focus the Google Lunar Xprize. The author lists areas where future prizes/competitions could be awarded: Geostationary orbit (GEO) combined tourism hotels/space stations Orbital lunar space tourism Lunar scientific activities Lunar in situ resource utilization experiments Lunar sample return Space debris resource management Low Earth orbit (LEO) and GEO spacecraft servicing LEO fuel depot …

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Jan 09 2015

Outstanding article on changing Russian space priorities as a result of the collapse of the ruble

Un-international Space Station. Highlights (or lowlights, if you’re Russian): Russia is considering building its own space station, which would orbit at an inclination of 64.85 degrees, instead of the 51.6 degrees at which the ISS orbits. This would allow the station (designated the VShOS in Russian) to observe more of the Russian land mass. “Obviously, …

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Jan 02 2015

A lot of work ahead for ISS crew members in 2015

Hardware Movement and Reconfiguration to Highlight Space Station Operations in 2015. The reconfiguration includes: The first of two International Docking Adapters (IDAs) to support CCtCAP capsules (Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Dragon V2) (June) Components of the Common Communications for Visiting Vehicles (C2V2) architecture Moving the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) (er…doesn’t that mean it’s not …

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Jan 02 2015

Bigelow Aerospace will deploy BEAM to ISS in July 2015

I’m a big fan of Bigelow. I look forward to vacationing with them in about 10 or 15 years.

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Dec 09 2014

China’s space station to be completed by 2020

Countdown to China’s new space programs begins. In addition to the space station, the article details the timelines for China’s Mars mission and for the development of the Heavy Rocket. Here’s a diagram of their station:

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Nov 18 2014

Russians to launch new space station in 2017

Yawn, I say. Since we won’t need Soyuz taxis to the ISS after 2017 (thanks to CST-100 and Dragon V2), and the Russians will have their brand new space station by 2017 (yeah, right), I guess we’ll have exclusive access to the ISS all to our own through 2024. Bigelow Aerospace should have at least …

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Sep 12 2014

Russian heavy lift rocket Angara to be operational by 2025

And by operational, I mean 5 launches a year. Don’t see it happening by then, but we’ll see. In the bigger picture, we now have SLS, the Falcon Heavy (not to mention SpaceX’s BFR), China’s Long March 5, and now the Angara. We have Bigelow Space working on commercial space stations, and the Chinese planning …

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Sep 11 2014

Chinese space station still on track, except for schedule and such

This author is clearly a China Space cheerleader. Contrast this: We can expect China’s next space laboratory, Tiangong 2, to launch in 2016. The large Chinese Space Station will be launched around 2022. The overall structure of these plans has not changed from previous announcements but the dates seem to be slipping. Should we be …

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Aug 14 2014

Pretty cool promotional video from Bigelow Space

I shall buy my own module and call it Donboland, and I shall rule it benevolently…

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Jul 31 2014

All hail Julian Melchiorri!!

I gotcher space habitat breathing equipment right here: a synthetic leaf with chloroplasts suspended in protein that works like the real thing. Needless to say, this could be a pretty significant advancement for long-term living in a space station. I’ve reached out for an interview…so stay tuned!

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