Commercial Space Station

fredymac

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Another new NASA project based on the NextSTEP program.

“NASA seeks to enable multiple privately owned and operated destinations in LEO that are commercially viable in the long term, providing services to the Government as one of many customers,” the draft solicitation states. “NASA seeks to potentially transition away from full reliance on the ISS and cost-effectively meet its long-term needs in LEO by purchasing services from commercially owned and operated destination(s) that offer a broad portfolio of products and services to both the commercial market and NASA.”

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https://spacenews.com/nasa-looks-to-support-development-of-commercial-space-stations/

Obviously Bigelow will make this a "must win" effort. Hopefully, someone will have an artificial G proposal. Or maybe Bigelow can steal an old design right up their alley.


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Bigelow already did present an idea: XBAse
(Bigelow B330 Commercial Space Station)

It starts attached to the ISS but eventually goes free-flyer and with the addition of a second module it becomes "Space Station Alpha"

To get an AG station you could assemble something like the 1962 "Olympus" single launch space station concept. Instead of having the arms already set up with modules, (wrong orientation to how it's designed since it's a horizontal instead of vertical like the original TransHab) you'd just have the access tubes to the central axis and dock a BA330 to the tubes (3 total to start) Then rotate the station for an initial couple of microgravities. Add tubes and docking systems and more modules and you'd eventually get something like the Von Braun Space Station concept:

That Gateway Foundation proposes.

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