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Commercial human ventures planned for the moon: NASA study

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Corporate researchers may be living on the moon by the time NASA astronauts head off to visit an asteroid in the 2020s, a study of future human missions unveiled on Thursday shows. Full story

Private Space Station Builder Downsizes Dramatically

WASHINGTON and LONG BEACH, Calif. — Bigelow Aerospace, which is developing inflatable space habitats for commercial use, laid off some 40 of its 90 employees Sept. 29, a company official confirmed. Full story

Private Spaceflight Innovators Attract NASA's Attention

BOULDER, Colo. – NASA's focus on the value of innovative commercial space firms took center stage in back-to-back meetings with a private space station module builder and a company developing a new space plane to fly passengers to and from Earth orbit. Full story

International Space Station Could Get Private Inflatable Room

The International Space Station could get a new inflatable module supplied by the private American company Bigelow Aerospace, sources say. Full story

U.S. and Russia in race for private space stations

A new space race is beginning, but this time between private companies, not nations. Businesses in the United States and Russia are vying to be the first to launch a private space station. Full story

Private space station venture hammering out deals

A private space company offering room on inflatable space habitats for research has found a robust international market, with eager clients signing up from space agencies, government departments and research groups. Full story

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