2006-07-13

bigelow spacecraft inflates successfully - may be new vc bubble

Spacecraft successfully inflates in orbit
Mission controllers established communication with Genesis I about seven hours after launch. Early indications showed its GPS tracking system was working and that it had deployed its solar panels. ... The goal of the maiden Genesis mission will focus on the inflation process — a key element to determining the feasibility of constructing an expandable space habitat. Future Bigelow missions will test docking among spacecraft.

pretty cool! seems to me that the space industry is very much like the 'internet industry' of the early 1990s - on the verge of a big 'boom.'

you know, if small start-ups like this one are successful, i expect to see venture capital rush into this area very soon. ready for the new 'bubble?'



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