BEAM Work and Vision Checks for Crew Today

Astronaut Randy Bresnik
Astronaut Randy Bresnik enters the Bigelow Expandable Aerospace Module in July 31, 2017, when he was a Flight Engineer for Expedition 52.

More CubeSats were ejected from the International Space Station today to demonstrate and validate new technologies. Back inside the orbital lab, the Expedition 53 crew continued outfitting an experimental module and studying life science.

Two more tiny satellites were deployed from the Kibo laboratory module into Earth orbit today to research a variety of new technologies and space weather. One of the nanosatellites, known as TechEdSat, seeks to develop and demonstrate spacecraft and payload deorbit techniques. The OSIRIS-3U CubeSat will measure the Earth’s ionosphere in coordination with the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.

Commander Randy Bresnik was back inside the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) today with Flight Engineers Paolo Nespoli and Joe Acaba. The astronauts are converting the experimental habitat into a cargo platform by replacing old BEAM hardware with new electronics and stowage gear.

Eye exams are on the schedule this week as two cosmonauts and two astronauts took turns playing eye doctor and patient today. Alex Misurkin and Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos started first with the optical coherence tomography hardware using a laptop computer. Next, Nespoli and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei took their turn to help doctors on the ground understand the vision changes that take place in space.

4 thoughts on “BEAM Work and Vision Checks for Crew Today”

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  2. Given the apparent success of BEAM, is it possible that additional inflatable modules will be added in the future? Seems like an extremely cost-effective method of expanding the habitat given the much lower launch costs in comparison to ‘hard’ segments.

  3. Why would you take all that lovely open space and fill in with storage units? Why not convert it into a recreational space for the crew? It is my understanding that it is not only the most spacious module up there but that it is also the quietest. It seems a shame to industrialise the only open space available. I guess it’s not surprising considering how open space is viewed as a opportunity to build something by industry on Earth.

    1. Edmund, have you seen a video tour of the ISS? Some areas are difficult for astronauts to negotiate because almost every square inch is taken up with stowed equipment and supplies. The sequential failure of resupply missions only reinforced the need to store even more supplies to help prevent the possibility the ISS would have to be abandoned due to lack of basic necessities.

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