After years of concept development and a couple unmanned test runs, Bigelow Aerospace is on the verge of actually puts its inflatable space habitats to work. First up will be the 4 meter long, 3.2 meter diameter, 1,360 kg Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) slated to be launched aboard a Falcon 9 and robotically attached to Node 3 of the International Space Station in 2016. Bigelow took over the technology when NASA abandonned its Trans-Hab program in 2000. Since then, Bigelow launched two prototypes, Genesis 1 and 2, between 2006 and 2007.

Check out the module in the infographic below.
Find out how Bigelow Aerospace's BEAM expandable module will enhance the living area of the International Space Station, in this infographic.
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