Robert Bigelow, the jillionaire hotelier who wants to build the world’s first private space station, doesn’t do much media — mos def not De Void — so Monday’s profile in the New York Times is worth a read.
Shrugging Off Bigelow’s Killer UFOsBy Billy Cox
In a nutshell: With NASA phasing out of the launch business, Bigelow’s aggressive development of inflatable habitation modules — and his willingness to invest up to half a billion of his own $$$ to make it happen — puts him at the forefront of the privatization of space. He and anyone else wanting to exploit the high frontier will need wheels to get there. And the Obama admin plans to spend $6 billion over the next five years to encourage the private sector to produce the next generation of launch vehicles.
But suddenly — screee! — reporter Kenneth Chang shifts lanes and shears the guardrails. Quote:
His space stations are not his only interest in space. “I’ve been a researcher and student of U.F.O.’s for many, many years,” Mr. Bigelow said. “Anybody that does research, if people bother to do quality research, come away absolutely convinced. You don’t have to have personal encounters.”
He added: “People have been killed. People have been hurt. It’s more than observational kind of data.”
Whoa, yo, time out! Holy moley, Mr. Chang — the emerging top prospective client for post-NASA rockets just said people have been killed and injured by UFOs. And the dude bases it on “more than observational data.” De Void can’t wait to read the next graph, where you demand that he produce that data. Do go on:
Other views that run counter to mainstream science include a belief in the power of prayer and a disbelief in the Big Bang theory.
Um, say. Wait a minute — where’s the rest? That’s it? You’re letting him off the hook with power of prayer and the Big Bang theory? You’re not even going to ask him if any of that so-called data was generated by Chapter 9 Section 8 of the Federal Aviation Administration manual, which instructs air traffic controllers to refer UFO call-ins to “Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) (voice:1-877-979-7444 or e-mail: Reporting@baass.org), the National UFO Reporting Center, etc.”?
Gee, I dunno. Just seems like anybody hankering to crawl into space with this guy might like to know what the hell he’s talking about …