Bigelow Aerospace’s planned first full-scale module is
the Sundancer, targeted for launch and orbit in 2014.
Up to three on a long-term basis and up to six for short-term stays
Bigelow Aerospace’s shielding is equivalent to or better than the International Space Station and substantially reduces the dangerous impact of secondary radiation.
Sundancer utilizes an innovative micrometeorite and Orbital Debris Shield. Hypervelocity tests conducted by Bigelow Aerospace have demonstrated that this shielding structure provides protection superior to that of traditional “aluminum can” designs.
Sundancer utilizes two propulsion systems on the fore and aft of the spacecraft. The aft propulsion system can be refueled and reused.
Every Sundancer habitat will include an independent power system comprised of solar arrays and batteries.
Each module will contain an independent avionics system to support navigation, re-boost, docking, and other maneuvering activities.
Environment Control and Life Support System:
Each Sundancer will contain its own independent ECLS system including lavatory and hygiene facilities.
Sundancer will boast four large windows coated with a film for UV protection, providing an unparalleled opportunity for both celestial and terrestrial viewing.