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Popular Mechanics Exclusive: How Bigelow Convinced NASA to Build an Inflatable Add-on to the Space Station (W/Video)

Photo: International Space Station. CREDIT: NASA (Public Domain)

From Popular Mechanics January 31, 2013 11:45 AM

By Michael Belfiore

Bigelow Aerospace has landed a contract with NASA to install an addition to the ISS for a (relatively) cheap $17.8 million. The low price is made possible in part because the add-on will ride to the station in a compact, tightly folded package and expand to full size after it arrives. CEO Robert Bigelow talks with PM about the contract and his company’s future.

Robert Bigelow spent decades amassing the fortune he needed to start his own space company, a dream he had since he was a boy growing up in Las Vegas in the 1950s. At the turn of the millennium, with cash from his real estate empire and hotel chain, he went shopping for the technology he needed to expand off-planet. . . . Read Complete Report

From youtube uploaded by ReelNASA

Bigelow Expandable Activity Module Installation Animation

Published on Jan 16, 2013

An animation of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module’s extraction and installation on the International Space Station.

Star Trek’s Scotty to be blasted into orbit (w/ video)

Photo Astronaut Bruce Peterson (R) and James Doohan, (L)  (“Scotty” from Star Trek) SOURCE NASA (public domain)

from The Guardian

SpaceX rocket to carry the remains of sci-fi actor James Doohan and more than 300 hardcore space enthusiasts into space.

Star Trek fans remember him as the USS Enterprise’s chief engineer, a no-nonsense Scot whose role at the controls of the ship’s transporter system spawned one of sci-fi’s most legendary catchphrases.

On Tuesday however, it will be the turn of actor James Doohan himself to be “beamed up” to where few have ventured before when his remains, and that of more than 300 hardcore space enthusiasts, are blasted into orbit aboard a privately owned rocket.

Space Exploration Technologies’ Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida carrying a 14.5-foot-tall (4.4-meter-tall) capsule called Dragon that is filled with food, clothes and supplies for the six astronauts and cosmonauts living aboard the International Space Station. . . . Read Complete Report

from youtube

Tribute To Scotty

Uploaded by on Oct 5, 2006

On a whim, I constructed this video as a tribute to the late James Doohan, who played Scotty on Trek — this spans his career in the fleet, in roughly chronological order.