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Friday, July 14, 2006

The Inside Story of Genesis

Bigelow Aerospace has published a piece on it's web site on the history of the Genesis I test module by Steve Pellegrino & Chris Reed. I have communicated with Chris and he seems like a good guy.

I liked some of the humanity of the story. As SpaceQuest engineers in Virginia were about to receive data from the module, they lost power due to a storm.

Desperate for power, they got all the extension cords they could find and went across the street to ask for help. The restaurant owner agreed to help and SpaceQuest had power.

"They ran the cords across the road to get power from the restaurant," Bigelow said. "Cars were driving across the cord as it powered their computers and receivers."

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