Bigelow announces plans for private astronaut flights to space station
NASA wrestles with what to do with International Space Station after 2024
Bigelow’s expandable module goes into overtime on space station
NASA picks 6 companies to develop prototype space habitats
Video: BEAM welcomes first astronaut
NASA calls off inflation of experimental station habitat
Bigelow’s station habitat to be expanded Thursday
Space station flight engineer Jeff Williams will send commands Thursday to pump air into an experimental soft-sided module developed by commercial space habitat builder Bigelow Aerospace, expanding the structure to four times its current size in a stepping stone to future orbital destinations. Live video begins at 5:30 a.m. EDT (0930 GMT).
Q&A with John Elbon, VP and general manager of Boeing’s space exploration division
Q&A with Mark Mulqueen, Boeing’s space station program manager
The International Space Station’s oldest sections launched nearly 17 years ago, and with the huge orbiting research complex now well into its operational life as a microgravity science lab, prime contractor Boeing’s job is keeping the outpost going, according to Mark Mulqueen, who manages the aerospace company’s space station program.