This just in from Bigelow Aerospace. The second of the company’s inflatable test modules went into orbit from Russia today and beamed back this pic, which confirms successful deployment of the craft’s solar panels.

Not much to look at yet, but there’s more sure to come. Stay tuned for a statement from Robert Bigelow, too.

Bigelow’s making rapid progress toward sending up the first commercial space station. Can’t wait to see NASA’s reaction to the ship that will instantly render the International Space Station obsolete at a fraction of the cost.