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SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace Team Up For Trips To Private Space Habitats

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the getting-away-from-it-all-with-rockets dept.

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Zothecula writes "SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace have joined forces in an attempt to woo international customers looking to enjoy some extended periods of microgravity. The joint marketing effort will push trips to orbiting Bigelow habitats on SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft using the Falcon launch vehicle. 'Bigelow's BA 330 space module would be designed to provide 330 cubic meters of usable volume, which is about the size of a two-bedroom apartment. The BA 330 could accommodate up to six astronauts, depending on how cozy they plan to get. Two or more BA 330 modules could be connected together in orbit for lease by national space agencies, companies or universities, according to Bigelow Aerospace.'"

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zero G sex (1)

arcite (661011) | more than 2 years ago | (#39967089)

Come on, this is the only reason. Don't forget the vacuum for the err....clean up.

Re:zero G sex (3, Funny)

virus_xp (2637165) | more than 2 years ago | (#39967165)

I think there's plenty of vacuum up there.

Re:zero G sex (1)

garyoa1 (2067072) | more than 2 years ago | (#39968179)

Heh, yeah. Just crack open a window for a few seconds. Better than a Dyson and never worry about bags or filters.

Re:zero G sex (2)

morgauxo (974071) | more than 2 years ago | (#39969291)

Brings a whole new meeting to space junk

Re:zero G sex (1)

Moheeheeko (1682914) | more than 2 years ago | (#39967195)

Maybe they can get Larry Flynts people up there to shoot the first issue of "Zero-G Juggs"

Re:zero G sex (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 2 years ago | (#39967675)

Someone already made a zero-G porno with the vomit-comet.

Which considering the well deserved name and the duration of weightlessness you get at one time is quite a feat.

We'll probably never see a proliferation of zero-G porn until we get these space habitats, so I agree Larry Flynt should chip in some investment money!

Re:zero G sex (1)

SomePgmr (2021234) | more than 2 years ago | (#39968217)

I don't know that I have ever paid for porn in the last 20+ years, but I think I'd pay to see that.

Not some bs 10 second vomit-comet one, but the very first *actual* space porn. And I'd probably want a copy on VHS too, so I can hide it in a Spaceballs jacket... for old times sake.

Re:zero G sex (1)

Dragonslicer (991472) | more than 2 years ago | (#39968411)

And I'd probably want a copy on VHS too, so I can hide it in a Spaceballs jacket... for old times sake.

I don't suppose the phrase "from suck to blow" was in the title?

Yeah, this post only exists so that I didn't have to post a completely pointless "undo accidental mod"

Re:zero G sex (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39972693)

Well, search for The Uranus Experiment. However, it's almost unwatchable due to Private's use of dubbed voice actors whose sole purpose is to provide moans and groans. Seriously, WTF?! One ends up just imagining male and female voice actors in a soundstage attempting to pant in sync with the visual. Naturally, they way overdo it.

What was the issue? Wordless groans in Czech need dubbing for English speaking audiences?

Re:zero G sex (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 2 years ago | (#39972769)

They shot the outer space scenes for Apollo 13 in the Vomit Comet, too. Probably close to half the movie.

Re:zero G sex (1)

Unkyjar (1148699) | more than 2 years ago | (#39973045)

Scruffy gonna die the way he lived. [photobucket.com]

Re:zero G sex (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39967249)

With 0 g, there is no maximum range for your cumshot.

Re:zero G sex (1)

maroberts (15852) | more than 2 years ago | (#39967625)

Hmm, but cleaning up afterwards could be entertaining, with little blobs of cum floating all around in zero-g......

Re:zero G sex (1)

citizenr (871508) | more than 2 years ago | (#39968599)

They have va_cum cleaners in XXX industry.

Re:zero G sex (1)

ComputerInsultant (722520) | more than 2 years ago | (#39971599)

That is why the company is named Space Sex ... err SpaceX

Re:zero G sex (1)

Teancum (67324) | more than 2 years ago | (#39974819)

The sad thing in all of the discussion here is that nobody has ever conducted any legitimate scientific experiments with conception by mammals in a microgravity environment. This is especially true for longitudinal studies to see what the effects of the offspring might bring.

There has been some "simulated zero-g" (using magnetic fields.... I don't think that is really all that accurate) where some researchers have tried to study the moment of conception itself, and there was one pregnant rat who gave birth aboard the Space Shuttle, but had conceived on the ground. The mom and kids seemed to be healthy in the experience... but my point is that we really don't know.

My own raw conjecture (not even a hypothesis) is that there will be absolutely no impact upon a developing fetus developing in a woman, although the problems of mineral loss in bones may accelerate for pregnant women in a microgravity environment.

I just wish that NASA wasn't such a prude about the whole topic and would at least try to let some mice or rats try to produce some kids in space before a human couple does the deed and we have an experiment on humans instead of other animals first. The whole talk about sterilizing astronauts going to Mars just makes my stomach flip in nausea simply because nobody has even figured out what the side effects might be so they don't want to take a chance. Assuming that the first flights to Mars by people is at least a decade away, why don't we send up a couple of mice this next month (or in a reasonable length of time between now and when the serious planning for a trip to Mars starts) to begin longitudinal studies to see what the impacts of microgravity could be? Acting on sheer ignorance seems to be idiot.

IMHO (2)

virus_xp (2637165) | more than 2 years ago | (#39967125)

this was only a matter of time.

Re:IMHO (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39967241)

Wow, that's deep. Have any other vague insights to share?

What a maroon. Your opinion is not humble enough.

Re:IMHO (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39967359)

Wow, that's deep. Have any other vague insights to share?

What a maroon. Your opinion is not humble enough.

Strong comment bro. And by bro I mean never your bro phaggot.

SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace seem like a much better pairing (at least at SpaceX's current launch prices) when compared to the ULA.

Is It Just Me? (1)

Stormy Dragon (800799) | more than 2 years ago | (#39967243)

Or would anyone else be worried about being inside a spaceship named after a tea company?

Re:Is It Just Me? (2)

IrquiM (471313) | more than 2 years ago | (#39967627)

It's just you

Re:Is It Just Me? (1)

hendridm (302246) | more than 2 years ago | (#39967679)

There's a tea company named SpaceX?!

Somebody call marketing...

Re:Is It Just Me? (2)

camperdave (969942) | more than 2 years ago | (#39967745)

Or would anyone else be worried about being inside a spaceship named after a tea company?

Would that be the Falcon Tea company [falcontea.com] , the Dragon Tea company [dragon-tea.co.uk] , or Bigelow Tea company [bigelowtea.com] ?

Re:Is It Just Me? (4, Funny)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 2 years ago | (#39968949)

Well, historically, tea companies have been pretty well know to be aggressive in the transportation field.

Re:Is It Just Me? (1)

phik (2368654) | more than 2 years ago | (#39969413)

Well, historically, tea companies have been pretty well know to be aggressive in the transportation field.

Mod this up!

Rule 34 (2)

garyebickford (222422) | more than 2 years ago | (#39967261)

No doubt, someone's going to make a video of the first meeting of the '100 mile high club'.

Re:Rule 34 (2)

Big Hairy Ian (1155547) | more than 2 years ago | (#39967447)

I believe this has already taken place aboard the IIS

Although if I were to name names someone might drive across 3 states in a space nappy just to shoot me :(

Re:Rule 34 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39967729)

I believe this has already taken place aboard the IIS

I don't believe you; if porn servers were running IIS, the news article about religious sites being more virus-laden would make no sense.

(Yes, I know it's not the '90s, and dissing MS is no longer the hip thing to do, but you gotta work with the material you're given, eh.)

Uh huh (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39967323)

"Combining" two failing operations... But I thought people would line up for miles for a chance to pay 100000$ for a 5 minute sub-orbital hop?

Re:Uh huh (2)

medcalf (68293) | more than 2 years ago | (#39967363)

By what measure is either company failing?

Re:Uh huh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39967491)

Don't mind him, anyone not giving him a free ride to space is perceived as failing. It's a common syndrome among /.ers, known as sour space grapes.

Re:Uh huh (2)

CrimsonAvenger (580665) | more than 2 years ago | (#39968281)

But I thought people would line up for miles for a chance to pay 100000$ for a 5 minute sub-orbital hop?

Note that neither company in question is either planning or doing suborbital hops.

Note also that the company that is planning them already has 400+ people who've paid deposits for a flight.

So, yes, it looks like people will line up for miles to pay $100K (they're actually charging twice that)...

A big step forward (3)

garyebickford (222422) | more than 2 years ago | (#39967341)

Seriously (despite my earlier comment) I think this is a great step forward for getting us out there. IMHO we belong in space. Whether there are other occupied planets in the universe or not, we are the vector by which life on this planet can expand to other places. Most of those places will be highly technical and vulnerable for a long time, but life (and we) will evolve to fit new places.

The Spacers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39967483)

So how do you join? I want to get the good berths on Aurora before they run out.

Porn... (1)

MistabewM (17044) | more than 2 years ago | (#39967555)

Am I the only one that thinks the porn studios are going to be all over this?

Re:Porn... (1)

robot256 (1635039) | more than 2 years ago | (#39967683)

Nobody will mind as long as they tip the cleaners well.

Re:Porn... (1)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#39967769)

You are not the only one, but they have already experimented with gravity free sex on the vomit comet.

Just the phrase "sex on the vomit comet" sounds so wrong.

Re:Porn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39970455)

Just the phrase "sex on the vomit comet" sounds so wrong.

I already experinced it when I told her I wouldn't cum in her mouth...

major downgrade (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39972797)

What happened to the vaunted ISS supply run of the Falcon/Dragon?ISS shot [slashdot.org]
Guess SpaceX capabilities didn't measure up under the scrutiny of multi-national flight inspectors, with the lives of their astronauts on the table.
Not sure why Bigelow is interested in NASA's sloppy seconds.

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