Popular Mechanics Exclusive: How Bigelow Convinced NASA to Build an Inflatable Add-on to the Space Station (W/Video)

Photo: International Space Station. CREDIT: NASA (Public Domain)

From Popular Mechanics January 31, 2013 11:45 AM

By Michael Belfiore

Bigelow Aerospace has landed a contract with NASA to install an addition to the ISS for a (relatively) cheap $17.8 million. The low price is made possible in part because the add-on will ride to the station in a compact, tightly folded package and expand to full size after it arrives. CEO Robert Bigelow talks with PM about the contract and his company’s future.

Robert Bigelow spent decades amassing the fortune he needed to start his own space company, a dream he had since he was a boy growing up in Las Vegas in the 1950s. At the turn of the millennium, with cash from his real estate empire and hotel chain, he went shopping for the technology he needed to expand off-planet. . . . Read Complete Report

From youtube uploaded by ReelNASA

Bigelow Expandable Activity Module Installation Animation

Published on Jan 16, 2013

An animation of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module’s extraction and installation on the International Space Station.

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