Despite criticism of the high rate of expenditure on the ISS, it had been run to the full until 2020. Most systems were in usable workable condition so that all five partners (Russia, US, EU, Japan and Canada) decided to continue using the ISS while replacing the outdated and damaged sections with new inflatable versions first tested by Bigelow Aerospace. The flying research laboratory has been turned into a testing ground for a new generation of rocket technology, which will give mankind the opportunity to fly beyond the near-Earth space, to Mars and even asteroids. Components are now delivered to the space station to build spacecraft that would no longer be launched from the surface of the Earth, but from the ISS that has been given a new lease of life. The first harbinger is a small, manned aircraft that has already circled the moon several times and returned to Earth without intermediate stops on the orbital station.