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NASA Awards Bigelow Aerospace $17.8M to Add New Module to ISS

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Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   2/22/2013 4:18:25 PM
robatnorcross, it depends on who's in the startup and what kind of previous experience they have. Bigelow's website says it launched orbiting spacecraft prototypes in 2006 and 2007. So here, startup seems to mean self-funded rather than "new to the technology." And I don't think the analogy holds with Boeing's battery problems. Boeing knows a ton about aircraft and apparently nothing about lithium-ion batteries, a very new technology. Whereas NASA knows a ton about spacecraft and also a lot about non-metallic materials for those craft, neither of which are new technologies (see links at the end of this story). Plus it's used this material in other spacecraft.

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Cabe Atwell   7/31/2013 7:24:37 PM
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Didn't Bigelow Aerospace look to SpaceX to get the inflatable modules to the ISS or do they have their own launch platform?

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