Boom! Watch this inflatable space station explode on video

Sierra Space deliberately exploded a small prototype for an inflatable astronaut habitat to get ready for spaceflight.

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