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NASA has enlisted Bigelow Aerospace to build an inflatable module for the International Space Station.

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Behold, the proposed orbiting balloon thing

Bigelow Aerospace (BA), founded by space baron Robert Bigelow in 1999, will get $17.8m to put together the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module - a blowup space habitat.

The prototype bubble home will be the company's third orbiting craft, but the first to be used with a crewed spacecraft. If the trial goes well, NASA may use the technology for deep-space missions in the future, such as a launch to Mars.

"This partnership agreement for the use of expandable habitats represents a step forward in cutting-edge technology that can allow humans to thrive in space safely and affordably, and heralds important progress in US commercial space innovation," NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver said in a canned statement.

Robert Bigelow is another billionaire who made his money in Earthbound business - property, in his case - and used that cash to become a space pioneer.

Last year, he signed on the dotted line with PayPal billionaire Elon Musk's company SpaceX to taxi people to and from the space-bubbles BA plans to put into orbit. ®

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