NASA and Affiliates Send Inflatable Habitat Named BEAM Into Space

April 9, 2016 11:50 AM

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NASA recently partnered with the private company Bigelow Aerospace to develop the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, also known as BEAM. Launched into space this Friday, it's an inflatable inhabitation module that can help provide astronauts with "safe and sustainable space living quarters, workspaces and laboratories."

BEAM is an inflatable and expandable module which attaches itself to the International Space Station (ISS) and then expands. When properly pressurized, astronauts can enter and use it as an additional working space.

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