The Man Who Sold LEO Strikes Back

Remember Robert Bigelow, the hotel magnate who set up an aerospace company to build a private space station for tourists?

The first module is in orbit, and sending back pictures. It’s just a demonstrator, but…

Take it from somebody who works in the business, getting a working platform up in orbit when you started with nothing but an idea in that short a time (Bigelow Aerospace was founded in 1999) is… well, “remarkable” is a major understatement. And “cool” doesn’t even begin to cover it.


6 Responses to “The Man Who Sold LEO Strikes Back”

  1. FloridaSteve Says:

    As a bit of can do vintage motorcycle mechanic, I absolutly LOVE this. BRAVO!!!

    One of the photo captions read:

    “The launch procedure was not without its glitches–not in space but on Earth. SpaceQuest of Arlington, Va., was supposed to communicate with Genesis I, but a heavy storm caused a last-minute power outage, knocking out the tracking station. A long rope of extension cords was connected to a restaurant with power down the street, and manually pointing the antenna allowed SpaceQuest to hear the initial signal from Genesis I.”

  2. richard mcenroe Says:

    How soon before coach-fare package tours are available?

  3. IanLondon Says:

    getting a working platform up in orbit when you started with nothing but an idea …

    Not wishing to rain to much on what is obviously a fantastic achievement, but you do have to remember a vast amount of “getting things up there” is the rocket technology, in this case simply hijacked from old russian ICBMs.

    The SpaceShipOne project is far more ambitious, as it directly addresses the delivery method, which is by far the most difficult.

  4. Hammer Says:

    Good deal. It’s about time the government monopoly on space travel ended.

    Man has been going into space for what…45 years. Hats off to this
    forward looking entrepreneur.

  5. Rob1855 Says:

    You’re in the hotel industry, Will?

  6. KeithK Says:

    You’re right Ian. Launch vehicles are the limiting technology here. But having a potential destination makes it more likely that there will be funding for launch vehicles. Both pieces are important.

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