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August 30, 2006 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
The biggest gambler around these parts is not a high roller going all in with a pair of deuces. He's a real estate magnate who's betting $500 million that he can open the first inflatable motel in outer space. As far out as the idea sounds, multimillionaire Robert Bigelow has already launched a one-third scale model of his inflatable space module called Genesis I. The spacecraft was launched in July atop a Russian rocket.
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August 30, 2006 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
The biggest gambler around these parts is not a high roller going all in with a pair of deuces. He's a real estate magnate who's betting $500 million that he can open the first inflatable motel in outer space. As far out as the idea sounds, multimillionaire Robert Bigelow has already launched a one-third scale model of his inflatable space module called Genesis I. The spacecraft was launched in July atop a Russian rocket.
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BUSINESS
July 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
An experimental unmanned spacecraft bankrolled by a real estate magnate rocketed into orbit Wednesday and successfully inflated itself in a test of technology that could be used to build a commercial space station. The Genesis I satellite "successfully expanded," Robert Bigelow said in a statement posted on his website. The satellite flew aboard a converted Cold War ballistic missile from Russia's southern Ural Mountains at 6:53 p.m. Moscow time.
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February 23, 2008 | From Reuters
Virgin Galactic, billionaire Richard Branson's space travel venture, plans to order five more spaceships and aims to turn a profit within five years of its commercial launch in 2010, a company official said this week. Prospective space travelers have so far placed deposits totaling more than $31 million for tickets that cost $200,000 each and would give them five minutes in space, said Alex Tai, the company's group director.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2008 | Cecilia Kang, Washington Post
First there was Google Earth. Now its co-founder wants to take on the universe. Sergey Brin, the 34-year-old president of technology for the search-engine company, has put down a $5-million deposit for a seat aboard a Russian spacecraft, tourism company Space Adventures said Wednesday. With a launch date set for 2011, Brin will join an exclusive club of the super-rich who have used their fortunes for the ultimate in adventure travel.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A hotel tycoon's dream of building an inflatable commercial space station is taking a step toward reality -- or a reality check -- with the launch of a satellite to test the technology behind the planned orbital outpost. The fact-finding mission scheduled for this week will explore the feasibility of Robert Bigelow's plan to build a working commercial space complex by 2015.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2006 | From the Associated Press
It took help from the U.S. Postal Service to jump-start the nation's commercial aviation industry in the late 1920s and early 1930s. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin thinks a little push from government could do the same for the commercial space industry in the next several years. The space agency is sponsoring a competition in which winning companies will get $500 million in seed money to develop space vehicles that NASA will never design, build or own.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
How about a few nights in a space hotel? That one day may be possible under a new agreement between Hawthorne-based rocket venture Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, and Bigelow Aerospace of Las Vegas. The two companies announced Thursday they plan to offer rides to orbiting Bigelow habitats, using SpaceX's Falcon rocket and Dragon spacecraft, which is designed to carry up to seven people. Bigelow, founded by Budget Suites of America owner Robert T. Bigelow, is building mini space stations that expand in orbit so paying customers have access to space.
OPINION
October 7, 2004 | MAX BOOT, Max Boot is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
It somehow seemed appropriate that Space- ShipOne took off from an airstrip in the Mojave Desert just a few miles from Edwards Air Force Base. For it was at Edwards that a postwar generation of test pilots with ice water in their veins -- members of what Tom Wolfe called the "Brotherhood of the Right Stuff" -- took up one experimental rocket plane after another to push the envelope. Their leader was Chuck Yeager, the drawling World War II fighter ace from the coal fields of West Virginia.
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January 9, 2000 | ROBERT MACY, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Robert Bigelow was fascinated by UFOs as a child. Now he says he's willing to gamble $500 million that space fans will shell out big bucks to orbit the moon in a "space hotel" half a mile long. If he has his way, in about 15 years space faithful will be able to climb aboard a commercial space shuttle, rocket out of Earth orbit, then dock and orbit the moon in a gargantuan space cruise ship.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2007 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
Sometime between the end of the Apollo missions and the shuttle disasters, space lost its shine. Instead of Capt. Kirk boldly going where no man has gone before, space shuttle launches barely cause a media ripple. The most recent indignity was the headline-grabbing misadventure of a diaper-wearing, lovesick astronaut. Now, all that may be about to change.
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