May 23, 2016
Inflatable Room Blasts Off
Engineers test a new expandable living module in space.
It’s time for people to start thinking about their summer vacations. One company has a far-out tourist destination in mind—space! Engineers at Bigelow Aerospace have been working on a design for an inflatable space habitat (a living module) called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM.
Earlier this month, the company successfully connected BEAM to the International Space Station (ISS)—a science lab orbiting, or circling, 250 kilometers (155 miles) above Earth—to see how well it withstands the harsh conditions in space...