NASA efficiently puffs up its inflatable area habitat

NASA successfully puffs up its inflatable space habitat


Second time’s the appeal. Following a much less-than-profitable preliminary check run, NASA and Bigelow Aerospace have efficiently inflated the Bigelow Expandable Exercise Module hooked up to the Worldwide Area Station. It took a number of hours (the workforce did not need any motion that would destabilize the station), however the experimental pod now extends almost 5.6 ft out and 10.6 ft throughout. That is not the complete measurement (it’s going to finally be 7 ft lengthy), nevertheless it’s hopefully clean crusing from right here on out.

You will have to attend some time earlier than anybody steps inside this cocoon-like pod, thoughts you. The subsequent goal is to pressurize the habitat, and it will be roughly every week earlier than the ISS crew will get to attempt it out. Nonetheless, this can be a massive step towards extra livable spacecraft that use inflatable habitats to supply some a lot-wanted respiration room.

CAPCOM @Astro_Jessica declares #BEAM enlargement full. @Astro_Jeff begins pressurization.

— Intl. Area Station (@Space_Station) Might 28, 2016