Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) Trusted by Bigelow Aerospace to provide Environmental Control and Life Support (ECLSS) for Sundancer
Madison, Wisconsin – January 28, 2010 ORBITEC’s Human Support Systems and Instrumentation Division continues its relationship with Bigelow Aerospace to develop and integrate ORBITEC'S cost-effective environmental control and life support systems, subsystems, and components for Sundancer and commercial space travel and habitation.
Robert Bigelow, President and owner of Bigelow Aerospace stated that “We have had a long standing beneficial relationship with ORBITEC. Their capabilities and commercial business practice mesh well with our company.” Mr. Bigelow also states “My expectation for ORBITEC to provide safe and reliable solutions, to build and deliver on time, and to collaboratively work with my team to provide cost effective product is the reason I have them on the Bigelow team.”
ORBITEC is partnering with Bigelow Aerospace’s technical staff to develop systems for pressure control, oxygen production and supply, hydrogen supply, temperature and humidity control, ventilation, thermal transport, water processing, gas contaminant removal, carbon dioxide removal, and atmospheric composition monitoring. ORBITEC is proud to be part of this incredible development that will introduce revolutionary and cost effective sustenance of human activity in space. The company’s life-sustaining systems, subsystems, and components build on 20 years of company experience with closed human environments for space travel. Many of ORBITEC’s solutions have already been implemented and used in spaceflight, and the company has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to reduce product costs through the use of commercially available components. Complete systems are available for air and water processing, environment and thermal management, waste management, environmental control, cabin instrumentation, and science or payload systems. ORBITEC also offers thermal vacuum, acoustic load, vibration, shock, thermal cycling, humidity and specialized testing to determine component and system impacts resulting from exposure to lunar dust.
Thomas Crabb, President and CFO of Orbital Technologies Corporation could not be happier with the relationship that has been built with Bigelow Aerospace. “It is a pleasure to showcase ORBITEC’S technology and products with such a powerful and innovative space partner,” said Mr. Crabb “Our proven technology and ability to provide extremely cost effective reliability is a perfect fit for these commercial applications. Our engineering allows ORBITEC customers to integrate a full network of reliable and automated life support subsystems into a full human support space system.”
ORBITEC is also developing the next generation of technologies for human support and instrumentation, including new gas contamination removal, water processing, oxygen delivery, carbon dioxide removal, fluid handling and manipulation under several patent-pending processes.
About Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC)
ORBITEC is a leading high technology development and subsystem integration company based in Madison, Wisconsin. ORBITEC offers commercially mature solutions and strong capabilities in five distinct areas: Next Generation Fire Suppression; Propulsion, Propellant, and Power Systems; Life Support and Environment Control; Bio-based products and production systems; and Interactive 3D Simulation Software. ORBITEC has won more than $250 million in contracts to develop state-of-the-art technologies and products from government (NASA, USAF, US Army, US Navy, USDA, FAA/DOT), large and small commercial aerospace, and other commercial industries The company has been able to convert research and development initiatives into leading technologies and mature the technologies to valuable products in their respective markets that provide significant cost advantages, superior functionality, and high reliability. ORBITEC is led by an experienced management team with over one hundred years of industry experience.
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Here's how they inflate them. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn1 ... tions.htmlMeteorWayne":393dc547 said:Just to clarify, the bigelow modules aren't really "inflatable" like a balloon, rather they use pressure to expand the module, which then becomes a rigid structure.
That's cool!js117":9zdyjja3 said:Here is a YouTube link to a TransHab that was proposed on the ISS.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj-RPmgi ... re=related
It looked good.
According to the ASP Wiki page it expired in January & was not extended. $50 million just wasn't a big enough prize.FictionBecomesFact":3a98yhbu said:Whatever happened to Bigelow's "America's Space Prize" for launching? Was its life extended after not being won (yet)?
Bigelow Aerospace seeks professional astronauts to fill permanent positions. Qualified applicants need to have completed a training program from their government or recognized space agency and have at least some flight experience on a recognized space mission. Specialized training and/or experience (ie: Medical, Payload Specialist, EVA, Pilot, etc.) is not a pre-requisite, but is definitely a plus.
Possible opportunities will come in two areas:
· Working with Marketing Team to secure government and cooperate clients.
· Working with Design and Fabrication Teams to help optimize layout of systems for on-orbit serviceability and ergonomics.
· Working with Mission Control Team on final checkout of flight vehicles, both pre and post launch.
· Help Develop Astronaut training programs for Bigelow Aerospace Professional Astronaut Corps as well as Client Astronaut Corps.
· Work instructing in the Bigelow Astronaut Training Program
· Perform as Professional Astronaut aboard Bigelow Aerospace Station Complex
· Manage all onboard aspects of employee and customer astronaut personal safety
· Maintain the Station Complex as required (mainly IVA, but some EVA as well)
· Help clients with payloads or experiments (primarily with regards to integration into station’s systems and communications)
Bigelow Aerospace is a leader in the commercial space complex arena providing a Low Earth Orbital environment and necessary services to cooperate and governmental clients in support of space research and exploration.
Requirements You may apply online at http://www.bigelowaerospace.com or fax your CV to 702-456-9404
They are only getting out of manned flights to LEO targets like the ISS. They are not getting out of manned space flights to asteroids, the moon, mars, etc.gawin":230aepzq said:This is great news as well as helps show that not every one will be out of a job with nasa getting out of manned space.
Bigelow Aerospace eyes Wallops for rocket launches
— The only American company to launch a rocket into space from Russia may be opening shop at Wallops Island.
Michael Gold, an attorney who represents Bigelow Aerospace, said the Nevada-based company will work at Wallops provided the nation commits to the commercial spaceflight agenda outlined by President Barack Obama.
"We will be here," Gold told a group of about 50 people recently after a tour of Wallops, where NASA has launched rockets from since 1945.
Bigelow was founded in 1999 by Robert T. Bigelow, who made millions operating the hotel chain, Budget Suites of America. The company made a name for itself in 2006 when it partnered with the U.S.' former Cold War nemesis to launch Genesis I. It used a Russian rocket that once held a nuclear warhead to send an inflatable space station into space.
Bigelow self-financed the aerospace company with $180 million and has said he is willing to spend $320 million more to put a private space station into orbit. The company's success will be determined by finding a reusable vehicle to send humans into space, Gold said.
Key to that is NASA's Commercial Crew Development, a program created to stimulate the development of privately operated space vehicles. Using $50 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, NASA awarded contracts for the program to several companies, including Boeing.