The ISS' first expandable habitat didn't unfold as deliberate

The ISS' first expandable habitat didn't unfold as planned

The ISS was supposed to have an expandable module hooked up to the Tranquility node by now — alas, issues did not go nicely for NASA and Bigelow Aerospace. Area station crew member Jeff Williams spent two hours pumping air into the module via a small valve, however some unknown points prevented BEAM from increasing to its full measurement. The area company introduced on Twitter when the try failed that it is working with Bigelow Aerospace to determine what occurred. It additionally stated that it might attempt once more later immediately (Might twenty seventh), however which may not push via. In accordance with a comply with-up tweet, they’re holding a presscon at 12PM Japanese time at the moment to replace us area geeks on what they’ve came upon and what their subsequent steps are.

BEAM is Bigelow Aerospace’s experimental inflatable habitat designed to check out its design. It makes use of Kevlar-like supplies and was ferried to the station (folded, to save lots of area) by SpaceX’s historic flight, whereby it landed the Falcon 9 on a barge for the first time. If the ISS crew manages to put in and inflate it correctly, they will go contained in the module a few occasions a yr throughout its two-yr check run to collect knowledge from its devices and assess its situation.

Enlargement of #BEAM stopped for right now; will resume tomorrow after floor groups evaluation knowledge:

— NASA (@NASA) Might 26, 2016

We’re working w/ @BigelowSpace to know why #BEAM did not absolutely increase at present. Updates:

— NASA (@NASA) Might 26, 2016