A brief report from a site called City A.M. about a possible partnership between Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Bigelow Aerospace:
â€œIt is early days and no formal talks have happened yet, but we have an ambition of later taking people to space hotels in the second phase of Galacticâ€™s growth,â€ says Virgin Galactic president Will Whitehorn. â€œBigelow have a fantastic inflatable technology which may be the answer, not just in orbit, but also in future on the moonâ€¦â€
All this is some ways off. Virgin has to even flight test its suborbital SpaceShipTwo vehicle, much less produce a successor capable of reaching orbit. Bigelow has launched two sub-scale prototype space stations, but it is still awaiting an affordable transport to shuttle passengers to its planned full-scale Sundancer facility.