The Space Station's Newest Room Will Blow Up Like A Balloon
Inflatable modules are a potentially inexpensive way to build new habitable structures in space.By Evan Thomas | April 2, 2016
The International Space Station is set to get a new room for the first time in five years.
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, blows up like a balloon after it's attached to the station.
And it's soft-sided like a balloon, too. But Bigelow Aerospace has built in layers of micrometeoroid protection it says will stop orbital debris just as effectively as the rigid modules that make up the rest of the station.