28 May '16, 10pm

On Second Try, NASA Manages to Blow Up Inflatable ISS Module

On Second Try, NASA Manages to Blow Up Inflatable ISS Module

On Thursday, astronauts on board the International Space Station were scheduled to spend about 45 minutes inflating the BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module) , a room made out of fabric designed to be blown up like a balloon with air from inside the ISS. It sounds like a simple enough process, but as with everything in space, it isn't, and it wasn't. After BEAM stubbornly refused to balloonify itself on Thursday after a couple hours of intermittent manual inflation, NASA decided to stop to try and figure out what was going on. Today, the process resumed, and after about 8 hours of stop and go pressurization, BEAM has finally reached its final (and pleasingly round) shape. Screenshots: NASA TV Since all of this was supposed to be done on Thursday, NASA and Bigelow held a press conference on Friday to discuss what probably happened with the module. Essentially, during th...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/aerospace/space-flight...

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