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LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« on: 05/23/2016 02:23 PM »
Placeholder thread for the scheduled expansion of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, delivered by CRS-8 in April 2016. Scheduled coverage begins at 5:30 AM EDT (9:30 UTC)

BEAM ARTICLES:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/?s=%28BEAM%29

And Pete Harding's feature for this event:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/05/iss-inflatable-module-beam-expansion/

May 20, 2016
MEDIA ADVISORY M16-056

NASA Televises, Hosts Events for Deployment of First Expandable Habitat on International Space Station
Concept image of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM)

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will be deployed to its full size Thursday, May 26, and begin its two-year technology demonstration attached to the International Space Station. NASA Television will provide coverage of the expansion beginning at 5:30 a.m. EDT.

Events begin Tuesday, May 24 when engineers and team members from NASA and Bigelow Aerospace answer questions about the module’s expansion during a 4 p.m. Facebook Live event and at 5 p.m. on Reddit.com. Anyone may submit questions during these events at:

https://www.facebook.com/NASA/

and

http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/

After the May 26 module expansion, NASA will host a 10 a.m. media teleconference to discuss expansion operations and look ahead to next steps. The briefing will include Jason Crusan, NASA’s director of Advanced Exploration Systems, and Robert Bigelow, president of Bigelow Aerospace.

To participate in the teleconference, media must contact Tabatha Thompson at 202-358-1100 or tabatha.t.thompson@nasa.gov by 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, for dial-in information.

NASA astronaut Jeff Williams will lead Thursday’s operations to expand the module. Designers need daylight and video communication to closely monitor the process starting at 6:10 a.m. Thursday.

Space station astronauts will first enter the habitat Thursday, June 2, through the station’s Tranquility module, and re-enter the module several times a year throughout the two-year test period to retrieve sensor data and assess conditions inside the module.

Expandable habitats are designed to take up less room on a spacecraft, but provide greater volume for living and working in space once expanded. This first test of an expandable module will allow investigators to gauge how well the habitat performs and specifically, how well it protects against solar radiation, space debris and the temperature extremes of space.

BEAM launched April 8 aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and is an example of NASA’s increased commitment to partnering with industry to enable the growth of the commercial use of space. The BEAM project is co-sponsored by NASA's Advanced Exploration Systems Division and Bigelow Aerospace.

The International Space Station serves as the world's leading laboratory for conducting cutting-edge microgravity research and is the primary platform for technology development and testing in space to enable human and robotic exploration of destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including asteroids and Mars.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Get more information about the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module at:

http://www.nasa.gov/beam

Learn more about the International Space Station at:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

Related threads:

BEAM installation on the ISS on April 15, 2016:
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=40060.0


« Last Edit: 05/28/2016 11:31 AM by Chris Bergin »
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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #1 on: 05/24/2016 02:25 PM »
The May 23 NASA ISS blog entry notes that, while the expansion will be televised on Thursday, there are no current plans to televise the crew's entry into the module, scheduled for the following week.
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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #2 on: 05/24/2016 11:55 PM »
NASA and Bigelow BEAM Live Video Chat, May 24, 2016

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Published on May 24, 2016
On May 24, 2016, members of NASA and Bigelow Aerospace conducted a live video chat from Johnson Space Center about the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). The BEAM is scheduled for expansion on May 26, 2016. The chat included a tour inside a BEAM mockup.

Video chat participants included:

Rajib Dasgupta
NASA BEAM Project Manager

Gary Jordan (Host)
External Relations Specialist, NASA

Lisa Kauke
BEAM Deputy Program Manager, Bigelow Aerospace

The video chat was webcast live on Facebook.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtDJhfvarMo?t=001

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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #3 on: 05/25/2016 12:14 AM »
Just for fun.....  ;)

How To Make an Origami BEAM – Fold your own space station module!

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Published on May 24, 2016
To coincide with the expansion of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), a technology demonstration for the International Space Station, here is a simple and fun activity called ‘origaBEAMi’ to enable you to build your own miniature BEAM module that you will be able to expand on your own -- all simply by a series of folds of the paper model provided.

Download the printable BEAM module paper and crew procedures with full instructions: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sta... to view or download the ‘crew procedures,’ which contain step by step instructions on how to print and fold your BEAM module. This video will walk you through folding a paper module in real-time.

Follow http://www.twitter.com/ISS_Research, http://www.twitter.com/BigelowSpace, and www.nasa.gov/beam for updates on the BEAM expansion and technology demonstration.”
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqHkBfT498o?t=001

« Last Edit: 05/25/2016 12:14 AM by catdlr »
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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #4 on: 05/25/2016 02:51 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 05/24/16


Bigelow Expandable Aerospace Module (BEAM) Preparations: The crew removed the Node 3 (N3) Aft Hatch Positive Pressure Relief Valve (PPRV) Sample Port Cap and pressurized N3 to BEAM vestibule to 5psi. An 8-hour leak check is currently in work. The crew also reviewed updates to emergency procedures and key points that were emphasized during BEAM training. In preparation for BEAM viewing, Robotics Ground Controllers walked off the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to the Lab Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF).



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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #5 on: 05/25/2016 03:36 PM »
The May 23 NASA ISS blog entry notes that, while the expansion will be televised on Thursday, there are no current plans to televise the crew's entry into the module, scheduled for the following week.

What? Well that's just silly. >:(

For me, the crew's entry into BEAM is the main event - the first time humans will enter an inflatable module in space. The expansion itself will probably be quite boring to watch - from one minute to the next there probably won't be any visible change. But the crew entry will be quite exciting, especially since we haven't seen the crew enter a new ISS module since the PMM in March 2011.

It really is becoming increasingly difficult to follow ISS activities these days, due to the dire lack of imagery that is being released compared to just a few years ago. :(
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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #6 on: 05/25/2016 04:39 PM »
The May 23 NASA ISS blog entry notes that, while the expansion will be televised on Thursday, there are no current plans to televise the crew's entry into the module, scheduled for the following week.

What? Well that's just silly. >:(

For me, the crew's entry into BEAM is the main event - the first time humans will enter an inflatable module in space. The expansion itself will probably be quite boring to watch - from one minute to the next there probably won't be any visible change. But the crew entry will be quite exciting, especially since we haven't seen the crew enter a new ISS module since the PMM in March 2011.

It really is becoming increasingly difficult to follow ISS activities these days, due to the dire lack of imagery that is being released compared to just a few years ago. :(

True.

But I might take away from this that the entry won't be televised live. There are safety concerns with anything new, and I'm sure first-entries into Dragon and Cygnus might have had similar precautions. Further, it allows the crew to concentrate on the work to be done, not jiggling with the camera. #wallyschirrawouldbehappy
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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #7 on: 05/25/2016 09:56 PM »
The May 23 NASA ISS blog entry notes that, while the expansion will be televised on Thursday, there are no current plans to televise the crew's entry into the module, scheduled for the following week.

What? Well that's just silly. >:(

For me, the crew's entry into BEAM is the main event - the first time humans will enter an inflatable module in space. The expansion itself will probably be quite boring to watch - from one minute to the next there probably won't be any visible change. But the crew entry will be quite exciting, especially since we haven't seen the crew enter a new ISS module since the PMM in March 2011.

It really is becoming increasingly difficult to follow ISS activities these days, due to the dire lack of imagery that is being released compared to just a few years ago. :(

True.

But I might take away from this that the entry won't be televised live. There are safety concerns with anything new, and I'm sure first-entries into Dragon and Cygnus might have had similar precautions. Further, it allows the crew to concentrate on the work to be done, not jiggling with the camera. #wallyschirrawouldbehappy

Well, some individuals on the early Apollo crews were resistant to TV cameras, either for internal coverage or to show the first steps on the Moon.  They later saw, and admitted to seeing, the error of those opinions.

Sometimes, documenting the historical moments (live) should not be trumped.

What about the Russian cosmonauts now aboard?  I know that they're generally NOT supposed to be helping with operations on the USOS side of ISS.  But maybe a special request to serve as the camera crew for a historical event?

Maybe the cosmonauts' services could be billed to Bigelow?  :)

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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #8 on: 05/25/2016 11:26 PM »
Download the printable BEAM module paper and crew procedures with full instructions: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sta... to view or download the ‘crew procedures,’ which contain step by step instructions on how to print and fold your BEAM module.

catdlr, I think the URL didn't survive the copy/paste.  You meant to link to this: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/origaBEAMi 

Edit into your post above?

FYI, here are direct links to the two PDFs:
origaBEAMi paper model (pdf, 421k)
‘Crew Procedures’ (folding instructions) (pdf, 404k)

Cool!  I'll make mine tonight!
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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #9 on: 05/26/2016 12:21 AM »
The May 23 NASA ISS blog entry notes that, while the expansion will be televised on Thursday, there are no current plans to televise the crew's entry into the module, scheduled for the following week.

What? Well that's just silly. >:(

For me, the crew's entry into BEAM is the main event - the first time humans will enter an inflatable module in space. The expansion itself will probably be quite boring to watch - from one minute to the next there probably won't be any visible change. But the crew entry will be quite exciting, especially since we haven't seen the crew enter a new ISS module since the PMM in March 2011.

It really is becoming increasingly difficult to follow ISS activities these days, due to the dire lack of imagery that is being released compared to just a few years ago. :(

True.

But I might take away from this that the entry won't be televised live. There are safety concerns with anything new, and I'm sure first-entries into Dragon and Cygnus might have had similar precautions. Further, it allows the crew to concentrate on the work to be done, not jiggling with the camera. #wallyschirrawouldbehappy

Well, some individuals on the early Apollo crews were resistant to TV cameras, either for internal coverage or to show the first steps on the Moon.  They later saw, and admitted to seeing, the error of those opinions.

Sometimes, documenting the historical moments (live) should not be trumped.

What about the Russian cosmonauts now aboard?  I know that they're generally NOT supposed to be helping with operations on the USOS side of ISS.  But maybe a special request to serve as the camera crew for a historical event?

Maybe the cosmonauts' services could be billed to Bigelow?  :)

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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #10 on: 05/26/2016 12:36 AM »
I didn't say Wally was right.
True, and noted.  :)
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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #11 on: 05/26/2016 02:37 AM »
Well, it's not a LEGO model but it's pretty nifty.

It would have come out a bit better if I had a paper cutter but all I had was hotel scissors.
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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #12 on: 05/26/2016 06:36 AM »
Vestibule is pressurised, and the Node 3 Aft hatch is open, showing a good view of the BEAM hatch.
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« Reply #16 on: 05/26/2016 09:31 AM »
Control panel.

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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #17 on: 05/26/2016 09:32 AM »
Webcast started - prepping for expansion.
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« Reply #18 on: 05/26/2016 09:33 AM »
Fault light.

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« Reply #19 on: 05/26/2016 09:34 AM »
Deployment controller started for first 3 steps. 1 down.
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