Robert Bigelow, a billionaire who runs Bigelow Aerospace and is working with NASA on future space missions, says that he is "absolutely convinced" that aliens exist (video below).
Bigelow recently told "60 Minutes" reporter Lara Logan about a UFO encounter that his grandparents had in the desert outside Las Vegas: "It really sped up, and came right into their face, and filled up the entire windshield of the car, and it took off at a right angle, and shot off into the distance."
Logan asked Bigelow if he believed in aliens, and he replied: "I’m absolutely convinced. That’s all there is to it."
Logan asked if there were aliens on earth, and Bigelow answered: "There has been and is an existing presence, an ET presence. And I spent millions and millions and millions -- I probably spent more as an individual than anybody else in the United States has ever spent on this subject."
Logan asked Bigelow if it was risky for him to make these assertions because people may think he is "crazy," but the space mogul answered: "I don't care. It's not gonna make a difference. It's not gonna change the reality of what I know."
Logan asked if humans were likely to find aliens in space travel, and Bigelow insisted: "You don't have to go anywhere... It's just like right under people's noses."
The FAA confirmed to "60 Minutes" that it referred UFO reports to Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies for years.
Bigelow told Logan that he has had his own UFO encounters, but did not go into details.
Bigelow Aerospace has been working on an expandable space habitat that can inflate, known as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), which has been tested at the International Space Station (ISS), reports the Daily Mail.
In May 2016, the expandable room was inflated at the ISS. The first time the inflation was attempted, it failed because there was too much friction involved. The second attempt was successful, and the inflatable room extended to 5 feet 6 inches.
Astronaut Jeff Williams inflated the room with short bursts of air within the inflatable walls, and then opened eight air tanks to pressurize the habitat similar to the level at the space station.
NASA spokesman Daniel Huot stated: "A very successful day today with the expansion of the first expandable human-rated habitat to ever be flown into space."