Boom! Watch this inflatable space station explode on video

Sierra Space intentionally exploded a small prototype inflatable astronaut habitat in preparation for spaceflight.

The company conducted what it called the “ultimate burst pressure test” (UBP) as it progresses on the long road to developing a private replacement for the International Space Station (ISS). Called the Large Integrated Flexible Environment, or LIFE, the inflatable module will be part of the larger Orbital Reef space station led by Blue Origin. NASA is looking to replace the aging ISS with industry-run private stations in the 2030s, and Orbital Reef is one of them.

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