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Monday, March 05, 2007

Information on Bigelow's Genesis 2

Bigelow Aerospace has an article, showing the differences in the Genesis 1 and Genesis 2. Genesis 1 is currently orbiting the Earth and the Genesis 2 is set to be launched in April.

To Summarize:

  • Improvements on the materials used in the construction of the inflatable modules
  • Upgrades in the control and sensory equipment (so better pictures?)
  • Tripled data rates (with Alaska and Hawaii ground sites) with a comm window of 5 hours/day
  • Increased communications results in better vision systems (so better pictures?) plus outside cameras showing a better view of the module in space
  • Additional pressure, temperature, attitude control and radiation detection sensors
  • Multi-tank inflation system
  • More refined pointing control and a faster dampening of the initial tip-off rate or body rotation from rocket separation

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