North Las Vegas company lands deal with NASA
North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A local company is reaching new heights as it announces a major deal with NASA that could ultimately bring trips to space more accessible to some citizens.
NASA announced a new deal that would pay Bigelow Aerospace, a North Las Vegas company, $17.8 million to build the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module.
The inflatable module will go up in a rocket made by California based company Space-X, and is very simple. The 13 x 10 1/2 foot cylinder will record temperature, pressure, and radiation levels.
"With us has been U.S. industry, and then they open new markets. Communications, satellites, remote sensing, navigation, are all things, as the government first invested now the private sector builds, owns and operates the capability," said NASA Deputy Administrator.
The hope is for these livable modules to launch into space and allow leasing for governments without space programs, corporations, and wealthy individuals.
Although we are getting closer to traveling to space the price is not getting anywhere near affordable. Tickets for a 60 day trip to these space modules is expected to run at just over $26 million.