By the year 2020, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) will launch Bigelow Aerospace’s inflatable space hotel on its Atlas V Rocket.
The two companies made the announcement about its plan in partnering so as to bring alive it’s dream in creating such a massive project. Announcement was made at the 32nd Space Symposium In Colorado Springs. Although there haven’t been an official announcement based on launch contract yet hut the ULA has reserved a launch slot for the habitat.
Bigelow plans to build two full-scale B330 stations by 2019
As the report goes, Bigelow is trying to build an expandable space dwelling place which is named B330 and this will become a space commercial hotel. The
Fully inflated, it would provide 330 cubic meters (12,000 cubic feet) of internal volume for crew members in orbit. This way, there would be better rooms for space crews. The Company’s CEO Robert Bigelow said that its the company’s plan to build two full scale BB30 stations by 2019. And the two BB30s will be launched into the space by 2020.
Based on Bigelow’s, the Atlas V Rocket is the only space vehicle which is capable enough to launch such BB30 into the lower orbit of Earth.
(SpaceX’s rockets are smaller on top and can’t hold as much, he said.) Bigelow’s goal is to get his inflatable space habitat attached to the ISS. NASA on the other hand will be the main patroniser because BB30 would increase the ISS’s total volume by almost a third according to the CEO.
But ideally, paying customers would live there too. “Our hope is that NASA would be the primary customer for that structure and we’d be given permission [to commercialize it],” said Bigelow. “Essentially we’d be timesharing.” In the case of such a deal, Bigelow expects NASA’s commercial crew providers, SpaceX and Boeing, to transport people to and from the B330.
Details on the ULA partnership aren’t clear
Bigelow has had a partnership with NASA already based on one other inflatable habitat card BEAM. The launch was made back on April 8th as the launch was made to the ISS in a SpaceX ressuply mission. However, the BEAM will be attached to the ISS by next months.
Once inflated, it will remain for two years in order to see how well expandable technology holds up in space. A suite of sensors on board the BEAM will gather data about the module’s stay at the space station and provide data to Bigelow; this data will inform the design of the B330.
In the case of the BB30, the dream hasn’t yet been realised and details on the ULA partnership aren’t yet made clear. But in anyway, the companies refused to mention the cost of partnering with one another. So this won’t make Bigelow say anything concerning the future launch or if is paying for the Atlas V launch.
“It’s premature to talk in specifics about these kinds of things,” Bigelow said. ULA’s CEO Tory Bruno said that they’re “exploring how to accomplish this.”
And in case this was true, the launch will actually reshape the face of space travelling as there would be more rooms for better storage and camping for the so called amateur Astronauts although 2020 isn’t a really long time.