GENESIS I & II

Bigelow Aerospace's Pathfinder Spacecraft Program

GENESIS I

Launched on July 12, 2006 at the ISC Kosmotras Space and Missile Complex near Yasny, Russia aboard a converted Russian ICBM (the ’Dnepr’), Genesis I became Bigelow Aerospace’s first operational spacecraft and was a tremendous success.

Specifically, Genesis I accomplishments include:

The first spacecraft produced by Bigelow Aerospace
The first expandable space habitat technology on orbit
Development and validation of seals & metal to softgoods interfaces
Proved an expandable habitat can withstand launch environment
Verified Bigelow Aerospace proprietary folding and packing techniques
Demonstrated expandable pressurization and deployment in microgravity
Marked first commercial launch from ISC Kosmotras Space & Missile Complex
First launch of a single large payload aboard Dnepr
Represented lowest-cost spacecraft fabrication and launch in aerospace history

The spacecraft remains in orbit and is operational today, continuing to produce invaluable images, videos and data for Bigelow Aerospace. It is now demonstrating the long-term viability of expandable habitat technology in an actual orbital environment.

29252
NORAD ID

2006-029A
INT'L ID

7/12/2006
LAUNCH DATE

GENESIS II

Genesis II was successfully launched from the Kosmotras Space and Missile Complex near the town of Yasny on June 28, 2007. Like its predecessor, Genesis II is testing and validating the technologies necessary to construct and deploy a full-scale, crewed, commercial orbital space complex.

Although externally, Genesis II may look like an exact duplicate of Genesis I, the similarities end there. Genesis II contains numerous systems not flown on its predecessor such as additional cameras, sensors, a Biobox, and a reaction wheel. Moreover, Genesis II afforded members of the general public the chance to participate in BA's efforts via the "Fly Your Stuff" program.

Genesis II contains 22 cameras on both the interior and outside of the spacecraft - nine more than Genesis I. The vision system includes articulated cameras with dual FireWire and Ethernet interfaces, as well as a wireless boom camera for exterior shots. Space-to-ground communications are provided by UHF, VHF and S-band antennas.

Magnetic torque rods, GPS and sun sensors and a reaction-wheel system provide attitude control and stabilization, as Genesis II does not have any propulsion of its own.

Since its launch, Genesis II has been providing a cornucopia of data and images back to Bigelow Aerospace's Mission Control Center in North Las Vegas, Nevada. It has also successfully tested the world's first in-orbit image projection system and will continue to set the stage for BA's future manned orbital complexes.

31789
NORAD ID

2007-028A
INT'L ID

6/28/2007
LAUNCH DATE

GENESIS GENERAL SPECS

14.4 ft / 4.4 m
APPROXIMATE LENGTH

5.2 ft / 1.6 m
DIAMETER (CONTRACTED)

8.3 ft / 2.54 m
DIAMETER (EXPANDED)

406 ft3 / 11.5 m3
USABLE VOLUME