Balloon-Like Space Dwelling To Be Tested On International Space Station

Reuters on the silvery space pod in which you’ll be spending future vacations:

A low-cost space dwelling that inflates like a balloon in orbit will be tested aboard the International Space Station, opening the door for commercial leases of future free-flying outposts and deep-space astronaut habitats for NASA.

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), developed by privately owned Bigelow Aerospace and about 13 feet long and 10.5 feet in diameter when inflated, is scheduled for launch in mid-2015 aboard a Space Exploration Technologies’ Dragon cargo ship, said Mike Gold, director of operations for Bigelow Aerospace.

A successful test flight on the space station would be a stepping stone for planned Bigelow-staffed orbiting outposts that the company plans to lease to research organizations, businesses and wealthy individuals wishing to vacation in orbit.

  • echar

    Talk about being vulnerable!


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  • Earth Star

    So, what is to protect this balloon from cosmic particles and space debris (satellite garbage) traveling hundreds of miles per second?

    • Manuel Landa

      If you had bothered to read the Reuters article instead of the disinfo blurb, you’d know about some of the specs.

      In an age with mobile devices that can connect you with half the world and pack enough power you could actually order an airstrike if you had the right authority, I find it silly when people just look for excuses to criticize other’s good ideas and passions.

      • Earth Star

        Who said I was criticizing anything, jackass?

        • Manuel Landa

          Did I accidentally fondle your balls, prince?

          You certainly look like you’re criticizing this. You didn’t even bother to read the article at all, genius.

  • BuzzCoastin

    could inexpensive, sustainable housing on Earth be far behind?

    • Anarchy Pony