Robert Bigelow, owner of the Budget Suites hotel chain and head of Bigelow Airspace, has two functioning space stations in orbit around Earth. The older module, Genesis 1, just passed its 10,000th orbit, and both it and Genesis 2 appear to be functioning normally. It's pretty exciting that an entrepreneur can keep two small stations in orbit , and move ahead with his plans to launch a crewed "Sundancer" version by 2011. But has anyone thought about what Bigelow's really up to? "Bigelow Aerospace" sounds an awful lot like "Drax Industries" in Moonraker... oh sure, there's probably nothing to worry about. But could it really hurt if we politely asked Mr. Bigelow to search the Genesis modules for nerve gas? (from Space.com)
He'll sting you with his dreams, of power and wealth.
Beware of... Bigelow!
His twisted twin obsessions are his plot to rule space
And his employee's health.
He'll welcome you onto his station
Like the nobleman welcomes his guest!
With free dental care and a stock plan that helps you invest!
But beware of his generous pensions
Plus three weeks paid vacation each year
And on Fridays the station serves hot dogs and burgers and beer!
He loves German beer!