Bigelow Aerospace. Bigelow Aerospace. Bigelow Aerospace is an American space technology startup company, based in North Las Vegas, Nevada that is pioneering work on expandable space station modules.
Bigelow Aerospace was founded by Robert Bigelow in 1998. and is funded in large part by the fortune Bigelow gained through his ownership of the hotel chain Budget Suites of America. By 2013, Bigelow had invested US$250 million in the company. Bigelow has stated on multiple occasions that he is prepared to fund Bigelow Aerospace with about US$500 million through 2015 in order to achieve launch of full-scale hardware. Bigelow is pioneering a new market in a flexible and configurable set of space habitats. Moreover, industry observers have noted that Bigelow is demonstrating audacity to pioneer such a market "in a capital-intensive, highly-regulated industry like spaceflight.
" The Boeing Company. Boeing. Inflatable Orbital Space Habitat – Bigelow Aerospace Habitat. August 5, 2010 2:00 PM (Illustration by Leandro Castelao) To maximize efficiency, everything inside a space station should be reused, including the sweat, urine and wastewater of its inhabitants.
Las Vegas–based Bigelow Aerospace—which is currently building inflatable, orbital habitats to rent to customers—will be recycling these fluids to power the station’s thrusters. The system, designed by Orion Propulsion (now owned by Dynetics), collects and purifies the wastewater before using an electric current to break it into hydrogen and oxygen. The thrusters ignite the gases to provide force that keeps the station stable and correctly positioned in orbit. Inflatable Private Space Station/Hotel - Bigelow Aerospace. A 63-year-old American billionaire has plans to launch an inflatable private space station that doubles as a hotel.
Bigelow Aerospace is working on "an inflatable space station, to be precise a massive bouncy castle meant to expand when it gets into orbit," Wired magazine said. "It will be the first privately owned destination in space, and Bigelow proposes to rent it out as an orbital research lab, a training facility, or even a tourist hotel. " Before you dismiss Robert T. Bigelow as another super rich guy that's watched too many Star Trek episodes, know that he has two scale prototypes circling the earth right now. CST-100. The CST-100 (Crew Space Transportation) crew capsule is a spacecraft design proposed by Boeing in collaboration with Bigelow Aerospace as their entry for NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program.
Its primary mission would be to transport crew to the International Space Station, and to private space stations such as the proposed Bigelow Aerospace Commercial Space Station. Outwardly it would look much like the Orion, a spacecraft being built for NASA by Lockheed Martin. The exact dimensions have not been released, but the capsule would be larger than the Apollo command module and smaller than the Orion capsule. The CST-100 would be able to support larger crews of up to 7 people as the result of greater habitable interior volume and the reduced weight of equipment needed to support an exclusively low-Earth-orbit configuration.
 It is designed to be able to remain on-orbit for up to seven months and for reusability for up to ten missions.