America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has inflated a new, experimental room for members to use in space. The pod is now an to the International Space Station (ISS). It is roughly four metres and 3.2 metres wide. It took three days to fully inflate. ISS crew members now have to wait a before entering it. NASA engineers must first ensure it is . The blow-up compartment is part of a test on the of inflatable accommodation on the Moon and Mars, and of space hotels. NASA paid $17.8 million for the capsule. It hopes this initial test will lead to bigger inflatable rooms at the space station.
The inflatable is the world's blow-up capsule for astronauts, and other space travellers. It is called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM for . It is named after Bigelow Aerospace, the that designed and built it. Company Robert Bigelow has spent many years investing in and building hotels. He is working on a project to build two private space stations that could serve as hotels in the by the end of the decade. He said he envisions inflatables as a part of space travel and tourism in the future. The pods are small enough to as compressed, airless units, but big enough and enough to live in, once filled with air.