Bigelow Aerospace has reserved slots on two Russian Dnepr rockets in order to launch a scaled-down prototype of the company's inflatable space habitat, called the Genesis Pathfinder module, nto low-Earth orbit in the secnd half of 2006. The full-size version is expected to provide 330 cubic metres of living space with a 30-centimetre-thick multilayered polymer and Kevlar hull to protect against space debris. The one-third-size prototype will in part be testing the ability of the compacted form to expand like a concertina when deployed.
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