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I'd wager BEAM (2016) is the first true inflatable space habitat because it was specifically designed for human habitation, and as such attached to the ISS, whereas Genesis I (2006) and Genesis II (2007) were technology demonstration prototypes. But honestly I don't know what this argument is worth.

And frankly one could argue none of them are true space habitats, yet great steps on the way to a mature version of the technology.

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Not a habitat as such, but the first inflatable human-rated facility if you like was on Voskhod 2, equipped with an inflatable airlock.

Otherwise, as able to sustain human life as a berthed module of the ISS, BEAM is indeed the first inflatable habitat.

Everything else is as you say.

The BEAM module was developed by Bigelow Aerospace and installed on the ISS as the first ever human occupied inflatable module.

https://ntrs.nasa.gov/api/citations/20190001443/downloads/20190001443.pdf

Other links:

First Inflatable Habitat for Astronauts All Pumped On Space Station

https://science-atlas.com/human-spaceflights/first-inflatable-habitat-for-astronauts-all-pumped-on-space-station/

1st Inflatable Habitat for Astronauts All Pumped Up on Space Station

https://www.space.com/32992-beam-inflatable-space-habitat-success.html

An astronaut just deployed the Space Station's first inflatable habitat

https://mashable.com/article/international-space-station-inflatable-room

Astronauts enter world's first inflatable space habitat (Update)

https://phys.org/news/2016-06-astronauts-world-inflatable-space-lodge.html

First Ever Inflatable Habitat Attached To The International Space Station

https://www.iflscience.com/first-ever-inflatable-habitat-attached-international-space-station-35134

sub-scale inflatable space module test:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/boom-watch-an-inflatable-space-habitat-explode-during-testing-video/ar-AA1dG2kR

https://spaceref.com/newspace-and-tech/lockheed-martin-inflatable-habitat-subscale-burst-test/

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks, didn't know about Voskhod 2 $\endgroup$
    – cdemr
    Jul 19, 2023 at 15:55

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