28 May

NASA mulling over supporting Bigelow Aerospace modules on moon and orbit

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Nasa might join private companies in supporting various Bigelow modules in orbit and on the moon. The Bigelow modules attached to various rockets for getting on with long range exploration actually intrigue me as well:

“A study by Bigelow Aerospace, commissioned by NASA, shows ‘a lot of excitement and interest from various companies’ for moonbases and other space projects. The projects range from pharmaceutical research aboard Earth-orbiting habitats, to missions to the moon’s surface, he said on Thursday, citing a draft of the report due to be released in a few weeks. Bigelow Aerospace surveyed about 20 companies as well as foreign space agencies and research organizations for the NASA study. NASA expects to release the first part of Bigelow’s study within a few weeks. The second section is expected to be finished this fall.”

(Via NASA could join private customers for a permanant inflatable moonbase in the 2020s and become a tenant of a Bigelow spacestation after the International Space Station.)