What is a BagShip?
The BagShip is the common Environmental Transport Vessel (ETV) employed in Near Earth Space (NES).
All Bagships are manufactured by Big & Low Orbit Systems in Near Earth Orbit (NEO) to the Space Navy ETV specifications.
The boat's outer skin is a multi-layered flexible fabric that is resistant to deep space radiation and micrometeor impacts hence the common name.
All Bagships are constructed to be collapsible for launch, transport, and storage purposes.
All models may include carbon nano-fiber structural members and newer models may include carbon nano-fiber decks.
Models support the standard removeable radiation panel specification employed in most orbital and ship structures.
All models support Space Navy standard docking mechanisms and most models include bow and stern standard airlock systems.
All models employ standardized reaction control systems with maneuver and propulsion thrusters.
A Bagship may be included as cargo and as an emergency vehicle on manned deep space mission ships.
In the NES single or multiple Bagships are employed to transport people and cargo between orbital platforms and stations.
Short haul Ferry and Cargo configured Bagships manufactured to respectively transport larger groups of people and environmentally protected cargo are in regular service.
For longer trips outside of the NEO, 6-man BagShips are typically employed in pairs referred to as the "Pilot Bag" and "Habitat Bag". The boats are joined by cable systems to a Center maneuvering module to produce spin gravity while in transit.
When a Center and Bags are attached to a cargo truss, the ship is called a Large Load Toss (LLT) or Large Load Ship (LLS).
A single Bagship and Center configuration is occasionally employed.
The small, 2-man version of the BagShip is often employed for short haul EVA missions in the NEO, NES and elsewhere.
Early Bagships evolved from the Earth-launched orbital habitat designs that were available when the NASA Capture mission first began.