I was reading about this and also about their planned space station that they are going to launch in the 2020's. I think it is hilarious that
private companies are almost assuredly going to beat the to the punch. Robert Bigelow should have a bigger safer space station in orbit by 2018 and I
would bet money that Space X is involved in moon landings by 2020.
I wonder if as these private companies make progress that China and other countries might scap their national space programs. There is no way a
beuracracy can compete with private enterprise.
Actually, one of those modules is bigger than a comparable sized module from the ISS by some margin. And as they're inflatable, would be easy to
pack 3 or 4 in one launch. Could even have them delivered automatically with the help of NASA Robonauts.
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