North Las Vegas company gets $18 million contract for inflatable space room
16 January 2013
A North Las Vegas aerospace firm has received an $18 million contract from NASA to test space-habitat technology. NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver announced today that Bigelow Aerospace will provide a Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, to the International Space Station. The BEAM is an inflatable room that can be compressed into a 7-foot tube. If it proves durable, it could help lead to space stations on the moon and missions to Mars. The 10-foot-diameter, blimp-like module is expected to arrive at the orbiting laboratory in 2015 for a two-year test period. It is slated to launch during a ...
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