July 14, 1999
Robert T. Bigelow Pledges $500 million for Developement of Translunar Cruise Ship
Recently the first U.S. Space Tourism
Conference was held in Washington D.C. During this conference hotel
magnate Robert T. Bigelow,
pledged $500 million of his own money to fund the development of Translunar
Mr. Bigelow, like most space enthusiasts, believes
that in 10 to 20 years ordinary people will be able to experience space
travel. "People have compared where we are today"
in the aerospace industry "to the 1800s in the shipping industry," said Mr. Bigelow, owner of
Budget Suites of America and Bigelow Aerospace. "The craft that's our ultimate
vision will take 100 guests and 50 crew" on a six-day cruise to the moon.
For more information on the Conference check out some
of the news articles linked below.
Petersburg Times - "Space enthusiasts want a ticket to ride"
News - "A Weekend on the Moon"
Record Online - "N.J. astronaut wants to put outer space on tourist map"
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