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Making Space


There are no U-Hauls in the final frontier. So NASA is trying a new approach to getting more space in space—inflatable orbital space pods.

The agency contracted with Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas, Nevada, to build new crew quarters that will be attached to the International Space Station in late 2015. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will travel within an unpressurized cargo hold. At the space station, the module will be attached to an air lock and then inflated to its full size of 13 feet long and 10 feet wide (with 560 cubic feet of space).

“Expandable space habitats can dramatically increase the amount of space available in the station,” explains Bigelow Aerospace Founder and President Robert T. Bigelow. “Per launch, you can build a structure that’s as much as three times bigger.”

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Bobbie Hartman

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