First Inflatable Room BEAM Successfully Installed to International Space Station by NASA (Download PDF)


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The first experimental inflatable room BEAM has been successfully attached to the International Space Station (ISS) by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). After successfully installation and pressurized the experimental expandable room named as BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module).

Key facts:

  • Nevada Company Bigelow Aerospace has built the inflatable room BEAM.
  • It will be attached to the ISS for a two-year test and is the first it’s kind of habitat to hold humans in orbit.
  • It is made up of aluminum and soft fabric which increases in space.
  • It is light in weight and also takes nominal space.
  • It creates place for space traveler to live and work.
  • It is 4 metre long and 3.2 meters in diameter with 16 cubic meters of interior volume when completely expanded.
  • Its 2 year orbital test is planned to cover the way for the use of such habitable rooms for long space trips, containing to Mars and Moon.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 31, 2016


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