In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA moves to keep an experimental Bigelow Aerospace habitation module aboard the International Space Station for three more years. NASA joins with Space Florida to support a future test of the Orion capsules launch abort system.
Human Space Exploration
Private inflatable habitat will stay at Space Station for at least 3 more years
Space.com (12/5): Launched in April 2016 to the International Space Station as a two year technology demonstration, Bigelow Aerospace’s Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will remain at the Station and be used for the storage of cargo for another three years with the possibility of two one year extensions, NASA announced this week. NASA is evaluating the technology as a low volume launch prospect for human deep space habitats. Compressed for launch, a BEAM can be expanded to a larger volume.
Space Florida announces partnership with NASA for Orion testing
Space Florida (12/5): NASA’s Johnson Space Center and Space Florida announced an agreement this week supporting an ascent abort test of the Orion capsule that is to start astronauts on long journeys of deep space exploration. The pact covers use of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 46, which ...