BEIJING, June 23(Xinhuanet) -- The solar system's first private space station is under construction by Bigelow Aerospace, a commercial space technology company created by U.S. hotel and aerospace entrepreneur Robert T. Bigelow, according to media reports Wednesday.
|The design drawing of Bigelow Station (Photo Source: gb.cri.cn)|
"The company plans to complete the construction within four years," Bigelow said.
In 2016, a second, larger station would follow. The two Bigelow stations would then be home to 36 people at a time — six times as many as currently live on the International Space Station, Bigelow added.
Now the models of this puffy space station lie in a factory near Las Vegas. It looks like a giant white watermelon.
It is estimated that a stay on a Bigelow station, including transportation, is currently priced at just under 25 million U.S. dollars a person for 30 days -- only half of the payment of a trip on Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station.