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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #780 on: 03/29/2017 01:49 PM »
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Jeff Foust‏ @jeff_foust 10m10 minutes ago

Crusan: BEAM has has no significant performance issues since being added to station; slightly warmer than predicted inside.
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/847080006283132928

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Stephen Clark‏ @StephenClark1 10m10 minutes ago

NASA’s Jason Crusan: No major issues with Bigelow’s BEAM module on ISS. Talking with Bigelow about keeping BEAM on ISS beyond next year.
https://twitter.com/StephenClark1/status/847080437960888325

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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #781 on: 03/29/2017 03:30 PM »
Will they ever use it to do more than just characterize its performance? 
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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #782 on: 04/24/2017 06:44 AM »
Will they ever use it to do more than just characterize its performance?

Sorry, missed this post. NASA and Bigelow Aerospace have been discussing doing more with BEAM but I don't think there's been any announcement yet of an agreement/plan to do so.

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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #783 on: 04/24/2017 09:30 AM »
Will they ever use it to do more than just characterize its performance?

Would seem a waste of real estate if they didn't do more with it sooner rather than later.

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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #784 on: 04/24/2017 10:05 AM »
Will they ever use it to do more than just characterize its performance?

Would seem a waste of real estate if they didn't do more with it sooner rather than later.
It's only a waste of real estate if there's something ready to take it's place.  And to the best of my knowledge, there is nothing awaiting launch that needs a berthing spot at the moment.

Ideas in the wings?  Plenty.  Actual hardware awaiting a berth?  Not so much.
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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #785 on: 04/24/2017 10:07 AM »
Will they ever use it to do more than just characterize its performance?

Would seem a waste of real estate if they didn't do more with it sooner rather than later.
It's only a waste of real estate if there's something ready to take it's place.  And to the best of my knowledge, there is nothing awaiting launch that needs a berthing spot at the moment.

Ideas in the wings?  Plenty.  Actual hardware awaiting a berth?  Not so much.

I meant that they were wasting the real estate it offers by not using it for more than just checking.

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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #786 on: 04/24/2017 10:12 AM »
Will they ever use it to do more than just characterize its performance?

Would seem a waste of real estate if they didn't do more with it sooner rather than later.
It's only a waste of real estate if there's something ready to take it's place.  And to the best of my knowledge, there is nothing awaiting launch that needs a berthing spot at the moment.

Ideas in the wings?  Plenty.  Actual hardware awaiting a berth?  Not so much.

I meant that they were wasting the real estate it offers by not using it for more than just checking.
Agreed, in that sense.  I was referring only to BEAM occupying a berthing spot which could theoretically be used for something else.
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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #787 on: 04/26/2017 01:30 PM »
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Inspecting the inflatable BEAM module at 30x speed and taking pictures for ground control – a new type of @Space_Station real estate!

https://twitter.com/thom_astro/status/857188006146461696

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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #788 on: 05/01/2017 08:10 PM »
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Worked in wicked-cool space balloon last week- BEAM. Could revolutionize future space habitats & would be fun to say you live in a balloon!

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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #789 on: 05/03/2017 03:45 AM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/28/2017

Posted on April 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) Shield Installation:  The crew ingressed the BEAM and installed a Radiation Environment Monitor (REM) shield onto the REM sensor. This shield is a 1.1 mm thick component produced by the 3D printer on the ISS.  BEAM is an experimental expandable module attached to the ISS.  Expandable habitats greatly decrease the amount of transport volume required for future space missions. These “expandables” weigh less and take up less room on a rocket than a traditional module while allowing additional space for living and working. They also provide protection from solar and cosmic radiation, space debris, and other contaminants. Crews traveling to the moon, Mars, asteroids, or other destinations could possibly use them as habitable structures.
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