A small step for a startup, a huge leap into the final phase Die NASA announced on Monday that it selected the Houston-based startup Axiom Space to build the first commercial target module for the International Space Station.
NASA said the project to connect a space hotel to the ISS was an important step to "promote the growth of a robust near-Earth orbit," and NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said, "Axiom's work to develop a commercial target is a crucial step for NASA to meet its long-term needs for astronaut training, scientific research and technology demonstrations in near-Earth orbit. “
According to TechCrunch Axiom was co-founded in 2016 by the CEO and former ISS program manager Michael T. Suffredini and plans to launch his own space station after demonstrating its modules on the ISS.
On a section of the Axiom website promoting private space travel, Suffredini wrote: "Astronauts are returning from space with a new perspective on humanity that will stay with them for the rest of their lives." , added that such a trip “awakens something that feels original and eternal”. TechCrunch noted that in 2018 In collaboration with designer Philippe Starck, a vision of space will be presented as a glaring playground for class enemies. (This is some opportunity to start a new space race with Roscosmos, which had already signed its own deal to bring rich people into space.
NASA has pushed ahead with a privatization plan Much of the aging ISS began in 2024 (despite concerns from its own Inspector General that this could mean operating the station as state-subsidized money for private interests instead of operating more . "Critical on-orbit research" to 2028). NASA Spaceflight reported that the NASA-Axiom partnership should result in “a node module, an occupation habitat and a research and manufacturing module” and a large observation window being connected to the ISS. Axiom has “almost none Details of details regarding the size of the module, the habitable space, the own propulsion system, the power supply or the starting vehicle for the start towards the station have been released to the public. "
However, NASA Spaceflight found that Axiom has already signed a $ 55 million contract with a hopeful guest and intends to separate the modules into its own" Axiom Station "at the end of the ISS. Lifespan. According to TechCrunch, Axiom's next requirement will be to negotiate terms and prices for the contract with NASA and set a schedule for completion of the module.
the New York Times last year. "Everyone will be online. You can talk on the phone, sleep, look out the window. … The few people who went into orbit as tourists, it wasn't a really luxurious experience, it was like camping. … Soon we'll be flying a butler with every crew. "