Bigelow Aerospace Lays Off Everyone

An expandable habitat, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), during testing on the International Space Station. (Credits: NASA)

Bigelow Aerospace has laid off all of its employees.

Reports indicate the layoffs were due to an order from the state of Nevada to close all non-essential businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company has said it plans to rehire employees after the order is lifted. Whether that will happen is unclear.

Bigelow Aerospace was founded by Robert Bigelow, whose hotel empire has been undoubtedly hard hit by the pandemic. The company focuses on inflatable space modules. One is currently attached to the International Space Station.