NASA and Bigelow Aerospace Announce BEAM Agreement
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At a press conference held at Bigelow Aerospace's North Las Vegas facility on January 16, 2013, NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and Bigelow Aerospace President and Founder Robert T. Bigelow announced an agreement to place the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module onto the International Space Station.
EIAST and Bigelow Aerospace sign agreement
On behalf of myself and all of us at Bigelow Aerospace, we would like to congratulate our friends at SpaceX on the unprecedented success of the Falcon 9's second launch and the inaugural flight of the Dragon capsule. Such early success with a rocket as affordable as the Falcon 9 represents an extraordinary accomplishment, and is a testament to the ingenuity and robust capability of the commercial space industry. Moreover, we applaud the demonstration of the Dragon capsule, an achievement that has the potential to substantially reduce America's human spaceflight gap. Again, we wish to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Elon Musk and his entire team. - Robert T. Bigelow
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"Mr. Bigelow has spent about $180 million of his own money so far and has said he is willing to spend up to $320 million more. An expansion of the factory will double the amount of floor space as the company begins the transition from research and development to production.
“You have to trust a little bit that we’re making these investments because we think it’s going to make sense economically at the end of the day,” Mr. Bigelow said. "