Sunday, January 15, 2012
The Next Space Station
February 3, 2011 — Las Vegas TV station KLAS reports on Bigelow Aerospace plans for an inflatable space station. Click the arrow to watch the video.
While doing research on YouTube, I came across the above video. It's a compilation of reports by KLAS Channel 8 in Las Vegas on February 3 and 4, 2011, about the Bigelow space station.
A year later, the optimistic timeline projected in the TV report has failed to materialize. In September 2011, Bigelow laid off 40 of 90 employees because the commercial launch industry is not yet at a point where they can launch customers to his space station.
But seven nations have signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with Bigelow for possible future flights. Those nations are Australia, Dubai, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
So it's still a matter not of if, but when.