Bigelow Aerospace - B330

B330

The B330 is an expandable space habitat manufactured by Bigelow Aerospace. The design was evolved from NASA's TransHab habitat concept. The B330 will have 330 cubic meters (12,000 cu/ft) of internal space. The craft will support zero-gravity research including scientific missions, manufacturing processes, a destination for space tourism and a craft for missions destined for the Moon and Mars.

SPECIFICATIONS

B330 FEATURES

The pressurized volume of a 20 ton B330 is 330m³, compared to the 160m³ of the 15 ton ISS Destiny Module; offering 210% more habitable space with an increase of only 33% in mass.

RADIATION & BALLISTIC PROTECTION

The module provides radiation protection equivalent to or better than existing International Space Station (ISS) modules. When fully expanded, the hull thickness will be approximately 0.46m (18in) and offer ballistic protection superior to that currently afforded to ISS. The hull will also feature at least four large UV protection coated windows that will offer unparalleled earth viewing from orbit.

LAUNCH VEHICLES & MODULAR DESIGN

The B330 can be deployed by multiple launch vehicles and features an architecture designed with modular expansion in mind. A single B330 can be joined in orbit by multiple vehicles, in addition to other B330 and Bigelow Aerospace spacecraft.

COMMUNICATIONS

Bigelow Aerospace has a command center providing telemetry, orbital statistics and an onboard data logging system. There are currently four worldwide ground station locations with more in development.

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