After TransHab was cancelled, Bigelow bought the exclusive development rights from NASA and entered into a Space Act Agreement with the agency to allow him to work with former TransHab engineers still employed there. And he tracked down Schneider, by then retired from NASA and teaching at Texas A&M University. Schneider was surprised when he got the call, but he agreed to see for himself what Bigelow was up to. The modules Bigelow has on display, though empty except for floors and structural elements, had their intended effect on Schneider. "And god," he recalls now, "when I walked in here, boom! It was mind-boggling, because this is the vision that I really wanted. Here's these things, all sitting there, and of course some of them are mock-ups, but the rest were inflatable, and I said, â€Man, he's serious. He's not playing around.' " These days Schneider and his former TransHab colleagues visit the plant every few weeks to provide guidance to Bigelow's engineers. For Schneider, it's a chance to follow through on some unfinished business. "It's kind of like you want to see your child grow up to maturity," he says, "not be stopped in its adolescence."