The Genesis spacecraft, an inflatable module that may be the foundation of civil space tourism, has been launched from Siberia by Bigelow Aerospace. Bigelow Aerospace is the brainchild of Robert Bigelow.
Bigelow said in a statement that "A successful launch has occurred at 7.53am Pacific time. At approximately 3pm we will start to acquire information from the spacecraft as to its health." It is due to inflate when it starts orbiting Earth.
Genesis is based on a design that NASA discarded.