Space Exploration

Bigelow Aerospace

Colonizing Space One Module at a Time

Authors: Seedhouse, Erik

  • Describes the technology of inflatable modules and how establishing these habitats in orbit could generate an orbital economy
  • Explains the details of one of the foremost emerging private space exploration ventures
  • Offers informed speculation on possible lunar and Martian bases that the future may hold
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About this book

Here for the first time you can read:

  • how a space technology start-up is pioneering work on expandable space station modules
  • how Robert Bigelow licensed the TransHab idea from NASA, and how his company developed the technology for more than a decade
  • how, very soon, a Bigelow expandable module will be docked with the International Space Station.

At the core of Bigelow's plan is the inflatable module technology. Tougher and more durable than their rigid counterparts, these inflatable modules are perfectly suited for use in the space, where Bigelow plans to link them together to form commercial space stations. This book describes how this new breed of space stations will be built and how the link between Bigelow Aerospace, NASA and private companies can lead to a new economy—a space economy. Finally, the book touches on Bigelow's aspirations beyond low Earth orbit, plans that include the landing of a base on the lunar surface and the prospect of missions to Mars.

About the authors

Dr. Erik Seedhouse worked as an Astronaut Training Consultant for Bigelow Aerospace in 2005, a company for whom he wrote the Spaceflight Participants Flight Surgeon’s Manual. He also developed astronaut-training protocols for future spaceflight participants and wrote and edited several chapters of Bigelow Aerospace’s Astronaut Training Manual. Erik is a research scientist specializing in environmental life sciences and physiology, the subject in which he obtained his Ph.D. in Physiology while working for the European Space Agency between 1996 and 1998. In 2009, he was one of the final candidates for selection as an astronaut in the CSA’s Astronaut Recruitment Campaign. He is a certified commercial suborbital astronaut who will fly a payload mission in 2014. He is also Training Director for Astronauts for Hire and, for the last four years, served as Director of Canada’s Manned Centrifuge Operations.

Reviews

“Robert Bigelow has made a very large fortune in property and hotel chains. … This excellent book is a great primer on the man, his company and a myriad of ideas all the way to bases on Mars.” (Spaceflight, Vol. 58 (3), 2016)


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eBook $34.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-05197-0
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-05196-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bigelow Aerospace
Book Subtitle
Colonizing Space One Module at a Time
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-05197-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-05197-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-05196-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 182
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations, 59 illustrations in colour
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