SpaceX, Bigelow teaming on private space stations
In this Nov. 16, 2011, photo provided by NASA, the SpaceX Dragon capsule is lifted to be placed atop its cargo ring inside a processing hangar at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The first commercial cargo run to the International Space Station has been delayed again for more software testing. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, was aiming for a Monday, April 30, 2012, liftoff of its Falcon rocket and Dragon capsule. But on Wednesday, May 2, the California-based company announced its latest postponement and said a new launch date had not been set. (AP Photo/NASA, Kim Shiflett)
The companies say in a statement Thursday that their marketing effort will be aimed at international customers.
SpaceX says it will offer rides in its Dragon capsule, using its Falcon rocket. The same system is currently being prepared for a test run to the International Space Station as an unmanned supply mission.
Bigelow is developing modular space habitats after successfully orbiting test versions of its inflatable designs.
The companies say they will begin their marketing effort with meetings in Japan after SpaceX's upcoming launch for NASA.
Hawthorne, Calif.-based SpaceX was founded by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk. Las Vegas-based Bigelow Aerospace was founded by developer Robert T. Bigelow.