NASA Pumps Up Prospects for Inflatable Spacecraft

This video from Discovery News looks at the development and potential of inflatable spacecrafts. NASA plans to deploy one to the International Space Station in the spring of 2016. Once it gets to the space station, the astronauts will use a robotic arm to attach the inflatable spacecraft to a docking station. Then an astronaut will press a button to inflate the module, which should pop out from 7 feet to 13 feet long in roughly 45 minutes. An internal metal framework will help the module maintain its shape.

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