Talking with Steve Monroe The Gazette

Another client is Bigelow Aerospace, a Nevada-based company that has an office here in Bethesda that I share space with. It was founded by Robert Bigelow, a very wealthy man, who made his money in the real estate construction business in Las Vegas. He also had the space bug early in life … in his case, he was much smarter than I was. He decided to make a lot of money before he pursued his dream. In the latter part of the ’90s he did due diligence on a number of satellite and rocket companies. Ultimately he became enamored with a program at Johnson Space Center called Trans Hab that involved developing inflatable or expandable space modules. It means literally using fabric that could be expanded in space to build very low cost, high-integrity modules for housing research laboratories, space hotels, habitats on other planetary surfaces.