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SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace Team Up For Trips To Private Space Habitats 40

Zothecula writes "SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace have joined forces in an attempt to woo international customers looking to enjoy some extended periods of microgravity. The joint marketing effort will push trips to orbiting Bigelow habitats on SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft using the Falcon launch vehicle. 'Bigelow's BA 330 space module would be designed to provide 330 cubic meters of usable volume, which is about the size of a two-bedroom apartment. The BA 330 could accommodate up to six astronauts, depending on how cozy they plan to get. Two or more BA 330 modules could be connected together in orbit for lease by national space agencies, companies or universities, according to Bigelow Aerospace.'"
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SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace Team Up For Trips To Private Space Habitats

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  • Come on, this is the only reason. Don't forget the vacuum for the err....clean up.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by virus_xp ( 2637165 )
      I think there's plenty of vacuum up there.
    • Maybe they can get Larry Flynts people up there to shoot the first issue of "Zero-G Juggs"
      • Someone already made a zero-G porno with the vomit-comet.

        Which considering the well deserved name and the duration of weightlessness you get at one time is quite a feat.

        We'll probably never see a proliferation of zero-G porn until we get these space habitats, so I agree Larry Flynt should chip in some investment money!

        • I don't know that I have ever paid for porn in the last 20+ years, but I think I'd pay to see that.

          Not some bs 10 second vomit-comet one, but the very first *actual* space porn. And I'd probably want a copy on VHS too, so I can hide it in a Spaceballs jacket... for old times sake.

          • And I'd probably want a copy on VHS too, so I can hide it in a Spaceballs jacket... for old times sake.

            I don't suppose the phrase "from suck to blow" was in the title?

            Yeah, this post only exists so that I didn't have to post a completely pointless "undo accidental mod"

        • by mcgrew ( 92797 ) *

          They shot the outer space scenes for Apollo 13 in the Vomit Comet, too. Probably close to half the movie.

      • Scruffy gonna die the way he lived. []

    • That is why the company is named Space Sex ... err SpaceX
    • by Teancum ( 67324 )

      The sad thing in all of the discussion here is that nobody has ever conducted any legitimate scientific experiments with conception by mammals in a microgravity environment. This is especially true for longitudinal studies to see what the effects of the offspring might bring.

      There has been some "simulated zero-g" (using magnetic fields.... I don't think that is really all that accurate) where some researchers have tried to study the moment of conception itself, and there was one pregnant rat who gave birth

  • this was only a matter of time.
  • Or would anyone else be worried about being inside a spaceship named after a tea company?

  • by garyebickford ( 222422 ) <> on Friday May 11, 2012 @11:15AM (#39967261)

    No doubt, someone's going to make a video of the first meeting of the '100 mile high club'.

    • I believe this has already taken place aboard the IIS

      Although if I were to name names someone might drive across 3 states in a space nappy just to shoot me :(

  • by garyebickford ( 222422 ) <> on Friday May 11, 2012 @11:22AM (#39967341)

    Seriously (despite my earlier comment) I think this is a great step forward for getting us out there. IMHO we belong in space. Whether there are other occupied planets in the universe or not, we are the vector by which life on this planet can expand to other places. Most of those places will be highly technical and vulnerable for a long time, but life (and we) will evolve to fit new places.

  • Am I the only one that thinks the porn studios are going to be all over this?

    • Nobody will mind as long as they tip the cleaners well.
    • by Jeng ( 926980 )

      You are not the only one, but they have already experimented with gravity free sex on the vomit comet.

      Just the phrase "sex on the vomit comet" sounds so wrong.

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