Bigelow Aerospace plans lunar base

MSNBC’s Alan Boyle has the huge story on Bigelow Aerospace’s plan to build a lunar base. 

Even as  Bigelow Aerospace gears up for launching its second prototype space station into orbit, the company has set its sights on something much, much bigger: a project to assemble full-blown space villages at a work site between Earth and the moon, then drop them to the lunar surface, ready for immediate move-in.

In an exclusive interview this week, Las Vegas billionaire Robert Bigelow confirmed that his company has been talking about the concept with NASA – and that the first earthly tests of the techniques involved would take place later this year. The scenario he sketched out would essentially make Bigelow a general contractor for the final frontier.

Futuresheet discussed the real possibilitity of Bigelow’s involvement in a lunar base on Dec. 6, 2006, in NASA, moon bases and the new race for ‘pole’ position.

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