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The hatches have been closed on the International Space Station's (ISS) Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, following three days' work by astronaut Jeff Williams installing sensors and other hardware inside the pump-up space podule. BEAM will spend two years attached to the orbiting outpost's Tranquility module, as NASA and …

  1. Steve Aubrey
    Flame

    One shot

    Hope they built the flaming test right - a mite difficult to try a second attempt.

    "No, it's only burning a little bit - you should be fine doing EVA and turning the switch on . . ."

  2. Vinyl-Junkie
    Coat

    Pyyyyyyyyyyyres in Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaace!!!

    'nuff said

  3. Timbo

    Data ?

    So, how do they collect the data?

    One assumes they'll start the fire before re-entry and monitor it until it hits the atmos at which point all comms are usually lost.

    And by the time comms are possible, it'll have burnt up over the pacific :(

    So, just a few minutes of data collection I expect?

    1. cray74

      Re: Data ?

      So, how do they collect the data? One assumes they'll start the fire before re-entry and monitor it until it hits the atmos at which point all comms are usually lost.

      Lots of details of the experiment, except imprecisely detailed.

      The link above goes into some depth about the experiment, such as that it involves igniting a sheet of flammable material and has various sensors and cameras to watch the fire.

      After that, it gets a bit fuzzy. It mentions safety precautions like ensuring the Cygnus is undocked before playing with matches. There's a 1-day delay after undocking before starting, and then the experiment follows a two-step process. (Step 1: turn it on, play with fire, record results. Step 2: transmit.) Once the data is transmitted, then the Cygnus de-orbits. However, the timing of the steps is not well detailed.

      If I'm interpretting that page correctly, the experiment seems to put the Cygnus in several hold steps so it's not like there's a race to transmit as it incinerates simultaneously inside and out. Detach; move away from station; play with fire; transmit; then fire the retros and drop into the atmosphere. Or something along those lines.

    2. MyffyW Silver badge

      Re: Data ?

      Let's be honest, whilst there may be a worthy cause behind this test, a secondary motivation must be "we can torch a spaceship for shits-and-giggles" just like that urge to pull two disks out of the array and see what happens.

  4. cray74

    Spot the Russian

    That crew photo of Expedition 47 with Tim Peake in it - without checking the caption, can you spot the Russian? :)

    Geez, did the photographer forget to say "smile" or is Malenchenko just trying to play to cultural stereotypes?

    1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: Spot the Russian

      The guy's relentlessly cheerful, as we've noted before: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/16/soyuz_iss_arrival/

      1. cray74

        Re: Spot the Russian

        The guy's relentlessly cheerful, as we've noted before:

        So you have. That's about the one space-related Register article I've missed in the past two years. Thank you for the reference.

    2. Anonymous Coward Silver badge
      Holmes

      Re: Spot the Russian

      The one with the roscosmos logo on his top. Not the one with the union flag on his arm, not the stars and stripes.

      Yes, there are a few clues.

    3. phuzz Silver badge
      Meh

      Re: Spot the Russian

      That's Yuri "smiling on the inside" Malenchenko to you ;)

    4. DropBear Silver badge

      Re: Spot the Russian

      I have a theory he might be the Russian cousin of The Stig (or the other way around?)...

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