NASA is working with six different private space companies to develop space habitats for deep space missions.
The first expandable module in space called BEAM was finally opened for the first time. Astronaut Jeff Williams entered the module on June 6 to take samples and install sensors and equipment for the module's two-year test period in space.
Astronaut Jeff Williams is about to enter BEAM on June 6. This will mark the new age of space habitats using expandable modules.
The first expandable "living space in space" was finally inflated after the first attempt failed.
The anticipated inflation of the first expandable module docked on the ISS has reached a roadblock when the process was postponed by NASA engineers.
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) docked into the International Space Station and the first expandable module launched in space is ready for its inflation.
NASA together with Bigelow Aerospace managed to successfully attach the first inflatable room to the International Space Station. Because this is the first of its kind, it has caught the attention of many. But the makers of the expandable module believe that they can do more than that, their goal is to use this technology to bring more people to space and possibly create a "space hotel".
BEAM me up, Scotty! 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."