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Genesis I Mission Update 12 July 2006 | SpaceRef – Space News as it Happens

From Las Vegas to outer space, Bigelow Aerospace has contacted their Genesis I spacecraft after a successful launch earlier today from Russia. Genesis I heralds the coming age of space tourism. The spacecraft was designed to test hardware, software, and procedures for inflatable orbital hotels. ISC Kosmotras proved the Dnepr rocket
Bigelow Aerospace hopes to launch two spacecraft per year, each one ramping up technology with lessons learned toward the ultimate goal of orbital accommodations for paying tourists. Genesis launched from the Ukraine aboard an ISC Kosmotros Dnepr rocket.

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