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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #800 on: 11/21/2017 02:26 PM »
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BEAM Prepped for Cargo, CubeSats Deployed and Leg Muscles Scanned

An experimental module attached to the International Space Station is being prepared for upcoming cargo operations. Tiny research satellites were also ejected from the orbital lab while a pair of Expedition 53 crew members scanned their leg muscles today.

BEAM, officially called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, is being outfitted this week for future stowage operations. Excess gear, including inflation tanks and dynamic sensors, used during its initial expansion back in May of 2016 is being removed to make room for new cargo. BEAMís old gear and trash will now be stowed in the Cygnus resupply craft for disposal early next month.

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https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2017/11/20/beam-prepped-for-cargo-cubesats-deployed-and-leg-muscles-scanned/

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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #801 on: 11/21/2017 03:06 PM »
The crew is doing a requested live video fly through of BEAM to document the final configuration and of course it's not being shown on the streaming ISS feed...
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #802 on: 11/27/2017 07:24 PM »
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BEAM before & after hardware removal to fulfill its new mission of being a mini warehouse for @Space_Station

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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #803 on: 12/03/2017 02:12 PM »
The new look of BEAM



« Last Edit: 12/06/2017 12:19 PM by jacqmans »

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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #804 on: 12/05/2017 07:06 AM »
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NASA Extends Expandable Habitat's Time on the International Space Station

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, known as BEAM, will remain attached to the International Space Station to provide additional performance data on expandable habitat technologies and enable new technology demonstrations. 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.

After NASA and Bigelow successfully completed collaborative analyses on BEAM life extension and stowage feasibility, astronauts began the process to provide additional storage capability aboard the station by removing hardware used for the initial BEAM expansion. They then converted sensors that monitor the BEAM environment from wireless to wired (to prevent interference from future stowage items on transmission of sensor data). Next they installed air ducting, netting, and large empty bags to define the stowage volume for hardware inside BEAM.  NASA and Bigelow later will likely add a power and data interface to BEAM, which will allow additional technology demonstrations to take place for the duration of the partnership agreement.

This new contract, which began in November, will run for a minimum of three years, with two options to extend for one additional year. At the end of the new contract, the agency may consider another extension or could again consider jettisoning BEAM from the station.

The space inside BEAM will hold up to 130 Cargo Transfer Bags of in-orbit stowage. Long-term use of BEAM will enable NASA and Bigelow to gather additional performance data on the moduleís structural integrity and thermal stability and resistance to space debris, radiation, and microbial growth, to help NASA advance and learn about expandable space habitat technology in low-Earth orbit for application toward future human exploration missions. Using BEAM for stowage will free up about 1.87 cubic feet (0.53 cubic meters) of space in other station modules for research.

NASAís use of BEAM as part of a human-rated system allows Bigelow Aerospace to demonstrate its technology for future commercial applications in low-Earth Orbit. Initial studies have shown that soft materials can perform as well as rigid materials for habitation volumes in space and that BEAM has performed as designed in resistance to space debris.

BEAM launched on the eighth SpaceX Commercial Resupply Service mission in 2016. After being attached to the Tranquility Node using the stationís robotic Canadarm2, it was filled with air to expand it for a two-year test period to validate overall performance and capability of expandable habitats. Since the initial expansion, a suite of sensors installed by the crew automatically take measurements and monitor BEAMís performance to help inform designs for future habitat systems. This extension will deepen NASAís understanding of expandable space systems by making the BEAM a more operational element of the space station to be actively used in storage and crew operations.

Space station crew members have entered BEAM more than a dozen times since its expansion in May 2016. The crew has conducted radiation shielding experiments, installed passive radiation badges called Radiation Area Monitors, and routinely collect microbial air and surface samples. These badges and samples are returned to Earth for standard microbial and radiation analysis at the Johnson Space Center.

The public-private partnership between NASA and Bigelow supports NASAís objective to develop deep space habitation capabilities for human missions beyond Earth orbit while fostering commercial capabilities for non-government applications to stimulate the growth of the space economy.

Last Updated: Dec. 4, 2017
Editor: Mark Garcia

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-extends-beam-s-time-on-the-international-space-station

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ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Paolo Nespoli works inside the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, outfitting it for future cargo storage aboard the International Space Station.

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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #805 on: 12/05/2017 07:19 PM »
Includes some time lapse images of BEAM conversion to storage:


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Re: LIVE: BEAM Expansion on ISS - May 26-28, 2016
« Reply #806 on: 12/05/2017 10:39 PM »
NASA Expands BEAMís Mission


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Published on Dec 5, 2017

The mission of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) on the International Space Station has been, well, expanded.  After more than a year and a half on orbit providing performance data on expandable habitat technologies, NASA and Bigelow Aerospace have reached agreement to extend the life of the privately-owned module.  For a minimum of three more years, BEAM will be a more operational element of the station used in crew activities and onboard storage, allowing time to gather more data on the technologyís structural integrity, thermal stability, and resistance to space debris, radiation and microbial growth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uirXgbTF19o?t=001

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