Tag Archives: BEAM

BEAM opened for the first time

Big day for Bigelow Aerospace - today astronaut Jeff Williams from NASA entered, for the first time in history, into inflated experimental module attached to Tranquility ISS module. Bigelow Expandable Activity Module was delivered in unpressurized cargo section of SpaceX Dragon during CRS-8 mission on April 10, 2016. It was remaining inside trunk of Dragon…
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BEAM inflated and ready !

NASA scheduled for 28th May 2016 13:00 GMT another attempt of inflating Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. Module attached to Earthed facing Node III (Tranquility) berthing port of International Space Station is first in history habitable inflated module attached to space station. Success was achieved but with two attempts and prolonged time of inflating. Many hours of…
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Tomorrow next attempt of inflating BEAM !

We know something more- positive conclusions after teleconference with NASA and Bigelow Aerospace which took place today at 18:oo GMT. One we know for sure - BEAM is fine and probably problems during inflating which appeared yesterday are not serious. First of all during last night, BEAM which was still under slow inflating process started…
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BEAM inflating suspended !

Planned for today inflating BEAM expandable module by Bigelow Aerospace was suspended due the unrecognized problems with expanding module. BEAM shortcut stands for Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. It is experimental module developed by Bigelow Aerospace under partnership with NASA; result of this cooperation would be new technology which could be easily adopted for International Space…
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We have a record – 100 000 orbits by International Space Station !

Small celebration on International Space Station - ISS broke Mir space station record, which before it’s decommissioning, reached number of 86331 orbits. International Space Station passed yesterday in the morning 100000th orbit. It is historical moment for remaining in space since launch of first module Zarya (which was launched on atop of Proton rocket on 20 November 1998)…
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BEAM module attached !

Bigelow Aerospace BEAM inflated module was correctly attached after extracting yesterday from Dragon spacecraft cargo module. Yesterday, on April 16, 2016, BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module) was attached to a berthing port on the aft side of the Tranquility module on 09:36 GMT. Operators remaining in ground control center send commands for Canadarm2 robotic arm to reach…
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Dragon docked, CRS-8 finished with success

Today SpaceX Dragon docked securely to International Space Station Harmony module. It is third visit of the spacecraft on ISS during last two weeks. At 11:31 GMT Dragon reached 63 m distance and started final approach to keeping point on 30 m from flying over South Africa International Space Station. Reaching keeping point was estimated…
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Falcon has landed – CRS-8 started with full success !

SpaceX showed with this mission how perfect could be commercially performed launch. This mission could serve as example when everything went according to plan. Just forty minutes before launch weather was described with only 10% chance for "not go". Visibility was at 11 km with almost cloudless sky. Temperature in Cape Canaveral was around 23°C and wind…
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Falcon static fire complete, BEAM packed and ready to flight

SpaceX is preparing their third mission in 2016 - CRS-contracted flight to International Space Station. Good news from SpaceX - everything is going according to plan before launch planned for Friday, 8th April 2016 on 20:43 GMT. Static fire test was performed today by SpaceX specialists at night in Cape Canaveral. Rocket was placed on launch…
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