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Kapow! Inflatable space station module blows to pieces in video explosion - Space.com

Kapow! Inflatable space station module blows to pieces in video explosion - Space.com

Kapow! Inflatable space station module blows to pieces in video explosion - Space.com
Feb 01, 2023 47 secs

The accelerated systematic creep test, as the company termed the December trial, exceeded NASA's certification requirements.

"These results will propel us in 2023 as we mature the technology via full-scale development and continue toward full NASA certification," Sierra Space officials wrote in a statement(opens in new tab) Tuesday (Jan. 31).

The tests included Sierra Space, past spacesuit maker ILC Dover and NASA officials.

In December, for example, engineers at Lockheed Martin Space's Waterton Canyon facility in Colorado also exploded a test module for their own ultimate burst pressure test, although this module design is destined for a deeper-space destination as NASA seeks to expand its influence to the moon and beyond.

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, arrived at its docking port in 2019 and receives periodic check-ups by ISS astronauts to ensure it is holding up well against the vacuum of space and solar radiation.

(ECW Press, 2022; with Canadian astronaut Dave Williams), a book about space medicine.

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