NASA has awarded $17.8 million to Bigelow Aerospace to provide an expandable module for the ISS.
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NASA has dropped $17.8 million on an expandable module for the space station, according to a space agency press release. Bigelow Aerospace has been awarded a contract to provide NASA with an expandable module for the International Space Station. The expandable module, called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, will show the benefits of this space habitat technology for future exploration and commercial space undertakings.
“The International Space Station is a unique laboratory that enables important discoveries that benefit humanity and vastly increase understanding of how humans can live and work in space for long periods,” NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver said in a statement. “This partnership agreement for the use of expandable habitats represents a step forward in cutting-edge technology that can allow humans to thrive in space safely and affordably, and heralds important progress in U.S. commercial space innovation.”