Inflatable technology: Bigelow’s in orbit

Check it out.

This is step past Rutan.  Ask any aerospace guy, there’s a big difference between getting to space, and getting into orbit. 

Run that inflatable hotel, Bigelow.  Now all I gotta do is save up enough to afford it…

EDIT re Rutan:  I didn’t read clearly enough — he didn’t put this up himself, but used a Russian launch, making it a totally apples to oranges comparison

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  1. Cooool….

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  2. Yep. Nice thing is, you can get the tension on inflatable stuff to ridiculous heights, due to the pressure differential… an inflatable structure can wind up effectively* as hard as low-grade steel.

    *yes, yes, I know. Don’t beat me up.

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