Bigelow Inflatable Module will be next addition to Space Station

Bigelow Aerospace Inflatable Module will be next addition to the International Space Station. NASA awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow to provide a new module for the ISS.

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver at a tour in Bigelow Aerospace facilities in 2011 by the company’s President Robert Bigelow.    image: NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA said in a press release:

“The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module will demonstrate the benefits of this space habitat technology for future exploration and commercial space endeavors. This would be the first privately built module to be added to the space station.

The International Space Station is a unique laboratory that enables important discoveries that benefit humanity and vastly increase understanding of how humans can live and work in space for long periods. This partnership agreement for the use of expandable habitats represents a step forward in cutting-edge technology that can allow humans to thrive in space safely and affordably, and heralds important progress in U.S. commercial space innovation.

Bigelow Inflatable Module

source universetoday  by Nancy Atkinson