Leonard David is the first to found out who the six nations are (see [earlier item here]) that have signed up with [Bigelow Aerospace] to use their orbital habitats: [Bigelow Aerospace Soars with Private Space Station Deals – Space.com].
> A private space company offering room on inflatable space habitats for research has found a robust international market, with eager clients signing up from space agencies, government departments and research groups. … The deals, in the form of memorandums of understanding, involve **Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, Australia and the United Kingdom**.
The article provides lots of interesting information about Bigelow’s plans:
/– BA is developing a leasing guide to be released later this year that
> will have new and exciting pricing opportunities that are very dramatic,” Bigelow said.”We want to open up the window and doors for a lot of participation for folks that need to spend less.”
/– Michael Gold of BA responds to questions about a commercial market for human spaceflight:
> Not only is there a commercial market, but it’s […] one that’s robust and global
/– It didn’t take a big effort to sign up these first “sovereign clients”.
> Bigelow said what they have found is a hunger by clients to do activities in space far beyond just microgravity experimentation.
“That is what this new leasing guide is going to expose,” Bigelow said. “It’s encouraging to see the enthusiasm. They all have different reasons, different ways in which they see using our facilities — what I call ‘dynamic assets’ in the new leasing guide — to benefit them. It can change the face of a nation.”
/– Customer access to the stations is still the big challenge. They are emphasizing the Atlas V’s proven safety record and want to pair it with [Boeing’s CST-100] capsule:
> “We have much more confidence in regards to the crew transportation solution since there is, arguably, no system safer, more reliable and more cost-effective than leveraging the tried and true Atlas 5 with a capsule built by Boeing on top of it,” he said. “It has a track record. It exists. That’s a message that has resonated quite well with the international clients.”
: http://hobbyspace.com/nucleus/index.php?itemid=24159 : http://www.BigelowAerospace.com : http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/private-space-station-first-clients-101019.html : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CST-100