An inflatable space habitat is getting attached to the ISS this weekend
This weekend, NASA will be adding an extra room the side of the International Space Station. Starting at 2:15AM ET on Saturday, the space agency will begin installation of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or the BEAM — an inflatable space habitat that will stay connected to the Tranquility node of the ISS for the next two years. Once the BEAM is connected to the station and inflated, it will provide 565 cubic feet of room for astronauts to move around.
The BEAM was just delivered to the ISS on the most recent SpaceX launch. The main goal of the module is to test out how expandable habitat technologies hold up in the space environment. That information will help the BEAM’s manufacturer, Bigelow Aersopace, build even more robust expandable space habitats in the future.
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