Russian 'Bigelow' inflatable spaceship spreads its wings

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Only 4.4 metres long and 1.9 metres across at launch, the Russian Genesis II spaceship is now expanded to 11.5 cubic meters of usable volume. While that still sounds (and is) small, the ship is designed as a 1/3 scale proof-of-concept so that in the future we can look more to ships that start out small and grow with age. Part of how Genesis II was funded was with the “Fly your Stuff” campaign where the public could pay to send their belongings into space. It’ll also literally be running a space bingo game. Cutting edge! [GT]

Inflatable spacecraft blossoms in orbit

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