Bigelow Aerospace and NASA have worked out an IP agreement on inflatable structure technology (NASA developed the original TransHab technology licensed to BA): NASA Proposes License Grant for Bigelow Technology – Parabolic Arc. === UAE seems a place to look for investors in entrepreneurial spaceflight projects: UAE ready to fuel space tourism: Investors look upwards as the industry offers new opportunities for nation – gulfnews (via spacetoday.net).
> “Virgin Galactic and Bigelow Aerospace have already set up investment deals with UAE groups and perhaps it’s only a matter of time before we see another international space company’s development being funded from the Middle East,” Nick Webb, Director, Streamline Marketing Group, organisers of the Global Space and Satellite Forum (GSSF) 2011, said.
The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) and US-based Bigelow Aerospace recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a commercial human space flight programme for Dubai and the UAE.
They will join forces to build a micro-gravity research and development programme and other space-related activities.