Hotel magnate Robert Bigelow, founder of the company, licensed the design of its expandable space modules from NASA. Bigelow has said his company's biggest hurdle will be to find enough rocket launches to run his proposed space hotel.
In a note posted to the company's site this summer, Bigelow said that the company plans to expedite plans to launch its first human habitable spacecraft, the Sundancer, skipping some planned tests. That's because launching another demo mission "would cost two to three times what it has in the past" because of inflation in Russia and a weakened U.S. dollar, he said. "With this decision made, the future of entrepreneurial, private sector-driven space habitats and complexes could be arriving much earlier than any of us had previously anticipated," he said.
October 3, 2007 4:00 AM PDT
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