-An inflatable space pod to be attached to the International Space Station in a couple of years will be like no other piece of the station. NASA is contracting a private company to build an inflatable space pod for the International Space Station. Instead of metal, its walls will be made of floppy cloth, making it easier to launch (and then inflate). NASA said Wednesday that it had signed a $17.8 million contract with Bigelow Aerospace to build the module, which could reach the space station as soon as 2015.
On January 11th, NASA issued a press release that the agency had awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to build a “new addition” to the International Space Station. (1)
The expansion to the Space Station is of course to further “technology for future exploration”, but the news release also notes that another benefit of the expansion is to explore the benefits of the space habitat for “commercial space endeavors”. According to the 2013 budget estimates for NASA, the agency is asking the Obama administration for $17.7 billion in funds from the U.S. government “to continue implementing all major elements of the NASA Authorization Act of 2010.
The message from the NASA administrator claims that the proposed budget is for NASA to implement a “National Laboratory” in space, in the form of expansion and upgrade of the International Space Station (ISS). However, what the proposal doesn’t clearly specify is that NASA intends to use taxpayer funds to assist private companies in testing and developing their own commercial products.In bringing Bigelow Aerospace into the picture, and in allowing Bigelow to utilize taxpayer funds to perform functional testing of the Bigelow space habitat, the agency is essentially using American taxpayer resources to assist a private company in bringing its product to market.
When it comes to Bigelow Aerospace, the company itself is owned by Robert Bigelow – a figure that both skeptics and believers in Ufology circles consider to be a person with questionable integrity.
Bigelow and Space Aliens
The truth about Bigelow’s belief in space aliens visiting Earth finally came out publicly in a big way when he revealed to the NY Times in 2010 that his interest in space includes much more than just building a commercial space habitat.
He also reveals that he is a through-and-through believer in people who claim to have personal encounters with space aliens.
“I’ve been a researcher and student of U.F.O.’s for many, many years. Anybody that does research, if people bother to do quality research, come away absolutely convinced. You don’t have to have personal encounters.
A strange FAA directive issued back in 2010 shows that the US Government has in fact deferred FAA UFO reports to Bigelow Aerospace, raising eyebrows in the UFO investigative community.
MUFON and the FAA have been bottlenecked for their UFO information regarding UFO and/or alien technologies and the funnel leads straight to the man himself, Robert Bigelow. Robert Bigelow has even bought into MUFON on a secret level, offering a $750,00 one year grant to siphoning information from their database and possibly hiding it from public view.
Why does this ultra rich man have such a fascination with this stuff?