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Submission + - Bigelow Aerospace Deploys Genesis 2 Space Module 1

ThePopeLayton writes: is reporting that Bigelow Aerospace has successfully launched its Genesis 2 Space Module. This is significant as Bigelow Aerospace is one of a few private groups currently developing space technologies. The module was launched in a compact form and upon achieving a stable orbit will be inflated using compressed air. Bigelow's website is reporting "the second experimental pathfinder spacecraft has been successfully launched and inserted into orbit." The module has a variety of things on board: Scorpions, Hissing Cockroaches, Ant colonies, and even a Bingo Game.
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Bigelow Aerospace Deploys Genesis 2 Space Module

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  • An update from the Bigelow site [] from June 28, 2007, 3:56 p.m. PDT:

    Las Vegas, NV 06/28/07 - Bigelow Aerospace has established contact with its second pathfinder spacecraft, Genesis II. Launched earlier Thursday from Yasny, Russia, Mission Control in North Las Vegas, Nev., made first contact at 2:20 p.m. PDT.

    Initial data suggests sufficient voltage powering up Genesis II's batteries as well as expected air pressure. While the actual confirmation of solar panel deployment and spacecraft expansion are expected

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