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SpaceX’s Dragon Cargo Craft Arrives At The ISS

by onApril 11, 2016
 
Most of you have seen the incredible landing of SpaceX’s Flacon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship by now. But many of you may not know what the purpose of that rocket actually was (other than to perform a bad ass landing). Well here it is. The Dragon, SpaceX’s commercial cargo craft, was carried by the Falcon 9 rocket and detached as it entered space.
Carrying over three and a half tons of cargo/supplies, it held a very important load. Not only did it have supplies, but it was also loaded with the BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module). More about the BEAM below.

 

 

The BEAM module is an expandable habitat that can be directly attached to the space station. Once attached it will be inflated with oxygen, expanding to 4.5 time it’s original size. The module is currently being tested for use on planets such as mars. Able to be transported quickly on a rocket, the BEAM is quick to set up and could be vital in beginning life on mars. Astronauts will enter and test it for functionality 4 times a year.
BEAM Module Arrives At ISS. Diagram Of The Module

(Image: NASA)

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