Like all inflatable systems, Sundancer offered the potential for a greater amount of on-orbit volume while, relative to a traditional metallic structure, taking up a small amount of rocket fairing space.
Sundancer Occupancy: Up to three on a long-term basis and up to six for short-term stays
Radiation Protection: Bigelow Aerospace’s shielding is equivalent to or better than the International Space Station and substantially reduces the dangerous impact of secondary radiation.
Ballistic Protection: 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.
Propulsion: Sundancer utilizes two propulsion systems on the fore and aft of the spacecraft. The aft propulsion system can be refueled and reused.
Electrical Power: Every Sundancer habitat will include an independent power system comprised of solar arrays and batteries.
Avionics: 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.
Windows: Sundancer will boast four large windows coated with a film for UV protection, providing an unparalleled opportunity for both celestial and terrestrial viewing.