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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, thereby laying the foundation for remarkable discoveries here on Earth and deep in space.”

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). (2) 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.

Furthermore, bringing a company owned by an eccentric person like Robert Bigelow calls into question the credibility of the Space Agency itself, or at least it calls into question the process that it uses to choose contractual partners.

Bigelow and Space Aliens

When it comes to developing cutting edge technologies in space that take the safety of human beings into account, it is important to know that you can trust the developers and manufacturers of that technology.

While cutting edge science requires a certain degree of eccentricity – the ability to think outside the box to some degree – the production of safe, functional technologies requires an adherence to sound scientific principles.

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.

In 2010, Dr. Richard Boylan – an extremely controversial and fringe promoter of things like “Star Kids” and a self-described “star-cultures Antropologist” – published a list of Ufology personalities titled, “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”. In the list, he organized well-known personalities throughout the UFO community as either one of the “Good Guys” or one of the “Bad Guys”.

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Bigelow as a Ufology “Bad Guy”

Boylan listed individuals like writer Timothy Good, Harvard Psychiatry Professor John Mack, and investigative journalist Jim Marrs as a few of the “good guys”.

His list of “bad guys” included author Robert Collins, former DIA officer Major Ed Dames, retired USAF Master Sergeant Richard Doty, and Bob Bigelow, as just a few of the “bad guys” of Ufology.

To be completely truthful, being listed as a “bad guy” on any list created by someone promoting such delusional beliefs as Dr. Richard Boylan isn’t really such a bad thing. However, many sane journalists and observers inside and outside the UFO community question Bigelow’s true intentions.

In a June 21st, 2010 update in her column “The Devil’s Hammer”, writer Victoria Alexander – a friend of Bigelow’s – was invited to Las Vegas to actually visit Bigelow Aerospace. She described the factory in the following passage.

“At the Bigelow Aerospace factory here, the full-size space station mockups sitting on the warehouse floor look somewhat like puffy white watermelons. The interiors offer a hint of what spacious living in space might look like.”

The company hopes to have its own private space station available for paying customers to visit – essentially a hotel orbiting the planet Earth. It’s a dream that makes sense for Bigelow, considering that he built his fortune from the Budget Suites of America hotel chain he funded. Apparently we will now have a Budget Suites in space.

Bigelow told Alexander that there was virtually no competition on the horizon when it came to commercial human habitats in space. (3)

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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.”

Apparently, this expert Ufology researcher has discovered enough proof to convince himself that aliens have killed human beings, but apparently it hasn’t quite made the news yet.

“People have been killed. People have been hurt. It’s more than observational kind of data.”

Alrighty then. Are you prepared to stay overnight in an inflatable spacecraft, orbiting high above the planet Earth, owned by this guy?

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Re-inventing NASA Technology

In 1999, Bigelow established Bigelow Aerospace and purchased NASA patents for the older technologies after Congress decided to cut funding for TransHab, NASA’s project to develop a Crew Quarters module for the ISS. Bigelow also hired Dr. William C. Schneider, the former senior engineer at the Johnson Space Center.

Up until now, Bigelow simply worked with other companies like Boeing and Lockheed Martin, which had won NASA contracts. Bigelow was able to use some of the $18 million that NASA had awarded to Boeing to do work on the design of a commercial crew capsule.

The irony is that after Congress stopped funding TransHab in 2000, it is now indirectly sending taxpayer money to a project that is essentially the reinvented version of TransHab technologies and NASA patents. (4)

If NASA continues down this path, Bigelow Aerospace will be propelled down this path – and humans will likely see the arrival of a sort of “Budget Suites” in space within the foreseeable future.

My one remaining question is this; If Robert Bigelow truly believes that Earth is being visited by hostile space aliens that are killing people, why would he want to place Earth-bound humans into Earth’s outer-orbit, where they would be presented to those aliens like dinner on a silver platter?

References & Image Credits:
(2) NASA FY13 Budget Estimates
(3) From the Balcony
(4) NY Times

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  • Ryan, I almost always enjoy reading your articles — but this one has me resisting the urge to … well … ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Anyway, as I said, an enjoyable read, even if I disagree with many of your key points — although citing Boylan might be a stroke of genius ๐Ÿ™‚

    And thank you for bringing the story to our attention.

    One point: Bigelow says the killer UFO comment was a reference to the Brazilian government’s formerly classified Operaรงรฃo Prato where some ‘victims’ allegedly died after encountering an unknown phenomenon. (Maybe something for one of your future articles?)

    Lastly, for anyone interested in more about Bigelow’s business background, etc. I recommend the Forbes article here:

  • Thanks Gary. All would not be right with the world if you and I agreed completely on topics like this. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for your feedback – appreciated as always.

  • Young Aero Engineer

    Someone’s personal views about aliens doesn’t effect their ability to create a quality product. I know people at NASA with views that this author would have a similarly hard time getting his inflated ego to accept. If you are going to shoot down someone’s integrity, perhaps you should spend the time to do research to understand their views. There is this thing called the internet with websites that will explain just about anything if you are willing to spend the 20 minutes before spreading negativity. I am happy I have an ad blocker so the author sees no revenue from me reading this article

  • Young Aero Engineer

    Sorry I was harsh.

  • Thank you. I would think 5 years researching Bigelow and understanding his views would be more than enough. BTW – I hope that NASA engineers believe in aliens – because the odds are good based on the sheer number of planets out there, that there are most likely aliens. However, what we’re talking about here is a guy that not only believes they are visiting us, but that they’ve already killed humans – with zero evidence to support it.

  • No problem at all my friend, you’re entitled to your opinion. And I thank you for sharing it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Don’t you just love how the writer of this piece draws more of a conclusion (as biased as it is) from the fact that the owner of Bigelow airspace believes in aliens rather than from the fact that all of it is being tax-payer funded? I wish the writer would’ve focused more on the implications of the latter. This piece shows how small-minded, if not close-minded the writer is.

  • The writer of this piece draws more of a conclusion (as biased
    as it is) from the fact that the owner of Bigelow airspace believes in
    aliens rather than from the fact that all of it is being tax-payer
    funded . He should’ve focused more on the implications of
    the latter.

  • Thank – I understand that you’re looking for some reason to call me small-minded, because you disagree with the tie-in to aliens, but your excuse for doing so is invalid since the article actually mentioned the fact that it’s tax-payer funded several times, and took issue with that fact.

  • If you doubt I’d be ready to look at the U.S. failing financial system, you clearly haven’t read any of our past articles here before posting. Furthermore, I did not take issue with Bigelow’s belief in aliens, I took issue with his claim that human beings have been killed by aliens without there being an ounce of evidence to support that claim. By the way, I believe there is alien life living on other planets in the Universe, so your attempt to paint me as some kind of non-believing skeptic is a knee-jerk reaction to the fact that you are blindly defending Bigelow just for the sake of defending him.

  • ever closer to disclosure….

  • j. willy

    would I stay in a hotel in space owned by a guy who believes we are not the only intelligent life form in the viewable universe? probably not “deep” space, but I would probably stay in a hotel orbiting earth in a low to moderate earth orbit.
    well, right now I occupy (rental status) a spot in a city on earth where an average of roughly 40% of the population not only believes that the earth was created in 7 days, but also many of those people believe that they will actually rule their own planet.
    an even larger portion of this population believes in intelligent life in the universe exist besides earthlings.

    so really, my life is partly controlled by systems created by humans with all sorts of “eccentric” beliefs… that a large part exist for decades or centuries.

    that occult or eccentric beliefs will transfer from earth to the rest of the universe is not only a given in my opinion, I believe that we probably received some of these beliefs or even realities, FROM the exogenous universe, NOT just our endogenous earthly inheritance.

  • O’Neill

    His belief in aliens has nothing to do with his ability to hire people and build a space hotel. Some religious beliefs are absurd as well. He could be right. We don’t know what he knows. It’s not his job to prove anything to anyone.

  • Melanie Trinder

    He is in the UK right now visiting London and Shropshire!

  • Gregory Gonzales

    The “people have died,”statement refers to fighter jet pilots that fired upon a UFO or who locked on, preparing to fire on the UFO. Some crashed or went missing. This would not create a danger for the average person in space. “People have been hurt,” probably refers to claims of abduction where there were painful procedures done, tissue samples taken, or tracking implants put into the person, much like we tag and release dolphins.

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