SPACE

Watch NASA Blow Up An Inflatable Space Station Module

May 31, 2016 at 4:42 PM ET

This inflatable space station module could be the future of living in space.

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is a test module attached to the International Space Station. Right now, BEAM is being tested to see how well the technology protects against solar radiation and space debris.

Inflatable modules could save NASA a lot of space and fuel: this particular model of the BEAM can expand from 330 square feet to 1,147 square feet.

If the technology proves its capability, it could mean more space stations, and not just ones for research. Bigelow Aerospace’s ultimate goal is to use their inflatable module technology to build space hotels. How’s that for a memorable vacation destination?