For most of the last 20 years, Las Vegas-based Bigelow Aerospace had the commercial space habitat development effort pretty much to itself, steadily maturing an expandable, soft-goods technology initiative originally licensed from NASA into two free-flying prototypes and a flight unit that has been attached to the International Space Station (ISS) since 2016. The company’s near-term goal has been to launch and operate a 12,000-ft.3 (330-m3) inflatable space station known as the B330, ...

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