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U.S. entrepreneur to build first private space station

06-24-2010 08:53 BJT

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:
The design drawing of Bigelow Station (Photo Source:

"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.

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