NASA Extends Expandable Habitat's Time on the International Space Station
"NASA awarded a sole-source contract to Bigelow Aerospace to support extension of the life of the privately-owned module, and its use to stow spare space station hardware
The partnership with Bigelow supports NASA's objective to develop deep space habitation capabilities while stimulating the growth of the space economy.'"
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The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is an expandable habitat technology demonstration for the International Space Station. Expandable habitats greatly decrease the amount of transport volume for future space missions