| Space entrepreneur Robert Bigelow (left) discusses layout
plans of the company's lunar base with Eric Haakonstad, one of the
Bigelow Aerospace lead engineers. |
CREDIT: Bigelow Aerospace
The first prize, ownership of the moon, is up for grabs, and China will likely snag it, Bigelow said here at the 2011 International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight.
Bigelow's Las Vegas-based company, Bigelow Aerospace, is constructing private inflatable space modules that it hopes to rent out to government and commercial customers. The firm is even working on a series of labs for a human lunar colony.