Space Stations

Progress phases of BEAM's expansion (Image NASA TV)

Yesterday the BEAM experimental module, connected to the International Space Station on April 16, has been inflated and pressurized after the first attempt began on Thursday was interrupted. The installation operations will be completed when the pressure inside it will be equalized with that in the rest of the Station. At that point, the crew can begin the testing phase, which will go on for approximately two years.

The BEAM moduled attached to the Canadarm2 robotic arm (Photo Tim Kopra)

A little while ago the operations to connect the BEAM expandable module to the International Space Station were completed. The operation lasted about four hours during which the Canadarm2 robotic arm was used to transport BEAM from the unpressurized section of the Dragon spacecraft to the Tranquillity module. At that point, it was berthed to the Station via remote control, just like they do with the cargo spacecraft. This is only the first phase of its installation, which will proceed slowly, step by step.

The Dragon spacecraft captured by the International Space Station's robotic arm (Image NAAS TV)

A little while ago the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft was captured by the robotic arm Canadarm2 on the International Space Station. Tim Peake, assisted by his fellow astronaut Jeff Williams, managed the operation and started moving the Dragon to the berthing point at the Harmony module. The spacecraft was launched last Friday and arrived a little more than 20 minutes later than scheduled because it was slowed down by atmosphere drag but eventually the first leg of its mission was accomplished.