NASA completes BEAM habitat expansion

Date:26 May 2016 Author: Nikky Knijf Tags:, , , , ,

The expansion of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was completed on Sunday. The project began on Thursday last week, but was halted when the expansion slowed and later stopped. Engineering teams at NASA and Bigelow Aerospace worked to figure out what the problem could be and commenced the expansion on Sunday. Watch the time-lapse of the expansion below.

At about 12:00 today the inflation of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will be live-streamed by NASA. The inflatable habitat was launched last month and will expand on the current structure of the International Space Station that currently houses six astronauts from different space agencies.

BEAM is designed and developed by Bigelow Aerospace and will now undergo a two-year testing period.

Watch it happen live by watching the video below or on UStream, here. During the run-up to the inflation of BEAM, NASA will be conducting random interviews and discussing the occasion. Although BEAM’s inflation is said to begin at 12:00, NASA has warned process could begin earlier.


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