NASA has plans to augment the International Space Shuttle (ISS) with an inflatable room that should be ready for attachment to the ISS in about two years subsequent to receiving an official approval.
NASA has reached an agreement to acquire its inflatable room for $17.8 million from Nevada-based Bigelow Aerospace. The private spaceflight company will design one of its BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module) units for the ISS.
The BEAM is about 112 square feet. The ISS is approximately the size of a house with five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a gym. It is designed for six people to live in and has been occupied since 2000.