Statement From Robert T. Bigelow
June 4, 2012
“On behalf of all of us at Bigelow Aerospace congratulations to SpaceX on the successful completion of the Dragon’s historic demonstration mission to the International Space Station. Space operations are extraordinarily unforgiving, and for SpaceX to meet with such an unprecedented degree of success on their first attempt to visit the Station illustrates the company’s incredible capabilities and is a real tribute to the hard work and dedication of Elon Musk, Gwynne Shotwell, and the entire SpaceX team. Successful completion of this mission also represents a significant victory for the commercial crew program as a whole, and validates NASA’s current approach that avoids dependence on a single crew transportation provider and leverages the inherent efficiencies of the Space Act Agreement legal vehicle. The Dragon’s mission has been one small step for SpaceX, but is one giant leap for commercial space.”
Congratulations to SpaceX!
Statement from Robert T. Bigelow
May 22, 2012
Three consecutive successful launches of the Falcon 9 rocket is an unprecedented accomplishment. Regardless of what happens during the remainder of the upcoming mission, the Falcon 9 has clearly arrived and proven itself as a reliable and affordable launch system for NASA, the Air Force, and commercial payloads. This rocket will create a paradigm shift within the global launch industry and I want to congratulate Elon Musk, Gwynne Shotwell and the entire SpaceX team on today’s success. This launch also represents a victory for the commercial crew program as a whole, and validates their approach of supporting multiple, competing entities. The challenges that the U.S. space industry faces are dire, and at least two domestic launch vehicles produced by independent companies are necessary to ensure that America regains its preeminence in the space arena.