Credit: BSO


Bigelow Aerospace has launched Bigelow Space Operations (BSO), a new commercial space company that is the sales, operational and customer service company that manages and operates space stations developed by Bigelow Aerospace.

In a press statement, BSO notes that the two launches of B330-1 and B330-2 space facilities are expected in 2021.

“These single structures that house humans on a permanent basis will be the largest, most complex structures ever known as stations for human use in space,” notes BSO

Diverse set of customers

The customers that B330 will seek to accommodate will be very diverse.

One Spacecraft Serving Many Missions:
An entire space station and human space program in a single launch. Two B330’s ready for launch in 2021. Dimensions: 6.7 meters width; 16.8 meters length; mass of 50,000 pounds; six crew capacity.
Credit: BSO

BSO has a mission to market and operate these and other space stations including future generations developed by Bigelow Aerospace “that are so capable, so diverse and so large that they can accommodate virtually unlimited use almost anywhere,” explains the press statement.

BSO’s plan for this year is to quantify in detail the global, national and corporate commercial space market for orbiting stations. “This subject has had ambiguity for many years. BSO will be spending millions of dollars this year to establish concrete answers,” the company statement explains.

As a new company, Bigelow Space Operations is preparing to do the following:

— Conduct diverse space operations for multiple stations in LEO and beyond
— Reliably and safely service customers requirements to encourage successful results
— Provide a centralized service at the lowest possible cost for all space operations needs

Pressurized volume

Over time, Bigelow Aerospace will manufacture a single station, launched on a single rocket that will contain over 2.4 times the pressurized volume of the entire International Space Station, “and we intend for BSO to market and operate these also.”

Alpha Station: A commercially operated platform with 660 cubic meters of total volume.
Credit: BSO




A new manufacturing facility for these giant stations would have to be built in Florida, Alabama or some other suitable location, explains the newly formed group.




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