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A Las Vegas hotel mogul plans to send an inflatable space hotel into orbit ...

• businessinsider.com by Hilary Brueck

One of the company's pods is already attached to the International Space Station.

Bigelow is touting the future pod as a hub for "lunar business development," but the company would probably need NASA to get it funded. 

Bigelow Aerospace, a Las Vegas-based space pod company, wants to send an inflatable space hotel to orbit the moon, with accommodations for astronauts and citizen space travelers alike. 

The company partnered with NASA in 2016 to attach an inflatable, soft-shell demo pod onto the International Space Station. Now, Bigelow has announced that a bigger inflatable pod, which it's calling the B330 "lunar depot", could be orbiting the moon in five years.

That moon station is much more ambitious than Bigelow's ISS add-on. It's designed to stand alone and is about a third of the size of the ISS. The company suggests the pod could hold roughly six people, and is billing it as a hub for "significant lunar business development." 

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