The real estate and hospitality mogul has been active in the aerospace industry for almost 20 years. While most of his co-space-enthusiasts are focusing on space exploration and cheaper space travel, Bigelow Aerospace is looking to establish a service industry in space.
“…we’re looking for a new era that says, ‘All right, how can we now shape this to where it’s more accessible for a lot more folks at a lot less cost and still have safety and reliability at the same time?'” he explained in an interview with 60 Minutes.
The company has been working on various prototypes for international space centres to be used as supply centres and refueling stations for spacecrafts.
Through Bigelow Space Operations, Robert announced that he planned to put an inflatable “space hotel” into orbit. He was reported by the New York Times to have urged Senator Harry Reid to initiate what became the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, a government study that was reportedly tasked with the study of UFOs from 2007 to 2012. He’s “absolutely convinced” that aliens exist and claims to have had close encounters with extraterrestrial life.
“There has been, and is an existing presence, an ET presence,” he explained. “And I’ve spent millions and millions – I’ve probably spent more as an individual, than anybody else in the Unites States has ever spent on this subject.”
In addition to his work in the aerospace industry, Robert is also the owner of Budget Suites of America.