Donald Simmons (theengineer) wrote,
Donald Simmons

Go Robert Bigelow!

Zillionaire Robert Bigelow is planning on building an Space Hotel, based on an inflatable space station design called the Transhab done by JPL in the 80s. Yesterday the Russians launched a one-third scale test model into orbit, which has now successfully inflated. They'll now observe it for five years and see how well it stands up.

NASA may have gotten the shuttle up again (and it's hogging all the press), but for my money this is way more exciting.
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