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Genesis Pathfinder


American technology satellite. 2 launches, 2006.07.12 (Genesis 1) to 2007.06.28 (Genesis 2). One third scale version of the Nautilus inflatable human space habitat module.

Each pathfinder consisted of a pressurized module of around 12 cubic meters and two solar panel wings. Two were to be test launched in 2006-2007 as concept demonstrators. The first launch was delayed at least a year due to problems in development of the private Falcon launch vehicle and US government paperwork delays in getting permission for the launch in Russia. In the end, a surplus Russian R-36M ICBM was used to orbit the first pathfinder.

The prototype inflated within 15 minutes of command and maintained an internal temperature of 26 deg C. It was equipped with a single window, six internal and seven external camera. Anticipated lifespan was 3-13 Years

Launch of the second was scheduled for the first months of 2007. The Genesis II module was to have the same dimensions as Genesis I, and also to be equipped with four solar arrays at each end of the inflatable. However it would have improved versions of the internal systems, more video cameras, and fly personal memorabilia launched under Bigelow's 'fly your stuff' program.

Habitable Volume: 11.50 m3.

Gross mass: 1,200 kg (2,600 lb).
Height: 4.40 m (14.40 ft).
Diameter: 1.60 m (5.20 ft).
First Launch: 2006.07.12.
Last Launch: 2007.06.28.
Number: 2 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • R-36M The super-heavy Ukrainian R-36M ICBM replaced the R-36 in 288 existing silos and was additionally installed in 20 new super-hardened silos. The fall of the Soviet Union ended production and the need for replacement. Nevertheless they remained in Russian service into the 21st Century, some being modified for use as space launchers. More...

Associated Launch Vehicles
  • R-36M Ukrainian intercontinental ballistic missile. The R-36M replaced the R-36 in 288 existing silos and was additionally installed in 20 new super-hardened silos. More...
  • Dnepr Ukrainian orbital launch vehicle based on decommissioned R-36M2 intercontinental ballistic missiles. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
Bibliography
  • McDowell, Jonathan, Jonathan's Space Home Page (launch records), Harvard University, 1997-present. Web Address when accessed: here.

Associated Launch Sites
  • Dombarovskiy Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1964-present. Operated 64 heavy ICBM silos (R-36/R-36M). One silo was modified to launch surplus R-36M missiles as orbital launch vehicles, and used for used for 3 launches from 2004 to 2007. More...

Genesis Pathfinder Chronology


2006 July 12 - . 14:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Dombarovskiy. LV Family: R-36M. Launch Vehicle: Dnepr. LV Configuration: Dnepr s/n 6.
  • Genesis 1 - . Mass: 1,360 kg (2,990 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: RVSN. Manufacturer: Bigelow. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Spacecraft: Genesis Pathfinder. USAF Sat Cat: 29252 . COSPAR: 2006-029A. Apogee: 565 km (351 mi). Perigee: 552 km (342 mi). Inclination: 64.5000 deg. Period: 95.80 min. Summary: One third scale version of the privately-financed Nautilus inflatable human space habitat module..

2007 June 28 - . 15:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Dombarovskiy. LV Family: R-36M. Launch Vehicle: Dnepr. LV Configuration: Dnepr s/n No. 10.
  • Genesis 2 - . Mass: 1,360 kg (2,990 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Makeyev. Manufacturer: Bigelow. Class: Manned. Type: Manned space station. Spacecraft: Genesis Pathfinder. USAF Sat Cat: 31789 . COSPAR: 2007-028A. Apogee: 561 km (348 mi). Perigee: 556 km (345 mi). Inclination: 64.5000 deg. Period: 95.80 min. One third scale version of the privately-financed Nautilus inflatable human space habitat module. The spacecraft's 22 interior and exterior cameras provided images of items and pictures carried for paying participants in Bigelow's “Fly your Stuff” program.

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