Bigelow Aerospace LLC, LasVegas, NV, has begun the process of human rating its Environmental Control and Life Support System. The contained volume humans in the loop testing is in preparation for the 2015 launch of Sundancer – an expandable module approximately 27ft long, 22ft in diameter, with an internal volume of 180m3 and supports a crew of three. When completed, the process will have demonstrated the life support system’s ability to safely support a crew of three persons for extended durations.
An interesting item from the Wisconsin State Journal on a new rocket engine design:
Orbital Technologies Corp. received the first of two rockets that could someday send the Madison companyâ€™s fortunes sky high â€” or at least fulfill the dreams of its rocket scientists. The rockets â€” built by Garvey Spacecraft Corp., of Long Beach, Calif., and California State University at Long Beach â€” will incorporate a vortex rocket engine designed by Orbitec.
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that Barrios Technology, BWSC Inc., J&P Technologies, ORBITEC, and Triumph Aerospace Systems-Newport News have joined the Federation as Associate Members.Â With the addition of these five new Associate Members â€“ in locations ranging from Huntsville, Alabama and Houston, Texas to Madison, Wisconsin and San Diego, California â€“ the Commercial Spaceflight Federation now includes over 35 leading aerospace companies.
SUMMARY: ORBITECâ€™s Human Support Systems and Instrumentation Division continues its relationship with Bigelow Aerospace to develop and integrate ORBITEC’S cost-effective environmental control and life support systems, subsystems, and components for Bigelow’s Sundancer and other applications in commercial space travel and habitation.
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) announced today that it is poised for commercial expansion and rapid growth after completing major commitments for both equity and debt capital. A combination of committed equity sales and a debt agreement from Johnson Bank of Madison, WI provides a significant portion of the $11MM capital base planned for ORBITEC to expand new products to markets with only $2MM in equity offering remaining.