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NASA Awards Bigelow Aerospace $17.8M to Add New Module to ISS
2/20/2013

NASA has awarded Bigelow Aerospace a $17.8 million contract to deliver its Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (shown here connected to the ISS in a photo illustration) to the International Space Station for experimental use for two years upon its launch to the station in 2015. The move will serve mainly as a technology demonstration to see how a space module made of non-metallic material instead of aluminum will handle radiation and thermal transmissions in space.   (Source: Bigelow Aerospace)
NASA has awarded Bigelow Aerospace a $17.8 million contract to deliver its Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (shown here connected to the ISS in a photo illustration) to the International Space Station for experimental use for two years upon its launch to the station in 2015. The move will serve mainly as a technology demonstration to see how a space module made of non-metallic material instead of aluminum will handle radiation and thermal transmissions in space.
(Source: Bigelow Aerospace)

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TJ McDermott
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Re: The future of space exploration
TJ McDermott   2/20/2013 2:20:17 PM
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Didn't Bigelow acquire the inflatable module technology from NASA when the original inflatable habitation module for the ISS was cancelled?

From what I've read, the Bigelow inflatables will be more resistant to micrometeoroid damage than hard-shells.

This stuff is exciting!  I hope they decide to put a larger one up after the two year test.

Elizabeth M
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The future of space exploration
Elizabeth M   2/20/2013 11:41:34 AM
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NASA's mission is changing and while the agency doesn't have the aura of wonder it once had in its heyday, it's still quite interesting to see how it's exploration of space will change as it works with commercial partners. Bigelow's module allows NASA to expand the ISS without spending a lot of its own investment, the research that will be done in the module will be important as the agency ponders longer missions that put humans deeper into space than they have yet been.

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