Mr. Bigelow Goes to Florida for MOU Signing

Robert Bigelow (right) stands before a model of his private space station. (Photo: Douglas Messier)

My friend Clark Lindsey over at HobbySpace reports that Bigelow Aerospace and Space Florida will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding next Wednesday. Apparently Space Florida issued a press release about it, although I haven’t been able to find it. Here’s the excerpt from Clark’s site:

Robert Bigelow – president of Bigelow Aerospace, Frank DiBello – president of Space Florida, and Dr. George Sowers – United Launch Alliance Vice President of Business Development and Advanced Programs, will address up to 100 community leaders and news media to discuss the future of commercial space in Central Florida and the role Bigelow may play in that future.

At this event, Mr. Bigelow and Mr. DiBello will sign a Memorandum of Understanding representing a business development partnership between both entities. Additionally, Mr. Bigelow will directly address the audience regarding his company’s plans for growth in the coming months and years.

Elected officials will be present at this event, including County Commissioners and State legislators. Additionally, Governor Rick Scott, Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Bill Nelson have been invited to attend.

Bigelow plans to begin launching space stations beginning in the 2014-15 period. ULA’s Atlas V is set to be the booster for Boeing’s seven-seat CST-100 transport. Boeing and Bigelow are partners in that project.