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NASA successfully inflated a new room in International Space Station
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NASA successfully inflated a new room in International Space Station

by sajjadMay 30, 2016

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module which started in 2014  to launch in 2015 is now finally successful and working good on the International Space Station. It was NASA‘s 2nd attempt to deploy the inflatable module. The BEAM failed to inflate fully on 26th May this month. NASA gradually inflated a new experimental room at the International Space Station on Saturday, with more luck than the previous try, two days ago.

Astronaut Jeffrey Williams opened a valve and allowed air for 22 seconds into the compartment, then after several more seconds in brief bursts. Mission Control reported positive development, the first of its kind.

Over the next week, astronauts will make the safety checks and tests of the module making sure that it’s not leaking and its structural integrity is intact. About a week after these tests are completed, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams will go into the four-meter long (13 foot), 3.2-meter size (10.5 foot) room for the first time. NASA wishes to ensure it is airtight prior to letting anybody inside. Even then, it will be off limits the majority of the time offered its experimental status.

Beam is empty except for sensors and is expected to stay attached to the orbiting lab for two years so engineers can measure temperature level, radiation levels and its resistance to space particles effects.

SpaceX delivered Beam early last month, and it was installed on the outside of the 250-mile-high outpost. Launch hold-ups kept it grounded an extra half-year. The BEAM is created to be more compact on a rocket into space, but provides additional space to work and stay. This is the first time it has been installed, and the new room will be used to identify how well it carries out, and how well it protects humans against in the rain of space particles and solar radiation.

News Source: Voice of America, The Guardian, Cnet

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