Axiom to provide the first commercial destination module for ISS
NASA selected Axiom Space of Houston to provide at least one habitable commercial module for International Space Station. This module is to be launched in 2024 and will be attached to the ISS for commercial uses.
Axiom is led by co-founder and President/CEO Michael Suffredini, who served as NASA’s International Space Station Program Manager from 2005 to 2015 and oversaw the Station’s transition from assembly to operation and commercial utilization. Co-founder and Executive Chairman Dr. Kam Ghaffarian founded Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, which rose to become NASA’s second-largest engineering services contractor and the entity which trains NASA’s astronauts and operates the ISS.
(Source :Axiom official web page)
The leadership team also includes world-class, specialized expertise in commercial utilization of micro-gravity, on-orbit operations, astronaut training, space financing, engineering, space system architecture/design/development, space medicine, marketing, and law. (Source : Axiom official web page)
Currently Axiom provides 10 to 180 days of commercial missions to the ISS. They will also provide missions to their own module in the International Space Station after it’s launched in 2024. Their primary customers are private astronauts as well as the space agencies of various countries.
The new commercial platform will significantly increase the habitable volume of the ISS. The platform includes a node module, research & manufacturing facility, crew habitat, and large-windowed Earth observatory. The company says that when the ISS retires someday all the research and other data can be transferred to the new module to prevent any interruptions, and afterwards it can serve as the new International Space Station.
“On Monday the National Aeronautics and Space Administration selected Axiom Space
as the winner of the NextSTEP-2 Appendix I solicitation, which sought to grant access to the International Space Station’s Node 2 Forward port for a commercial space station that could ultimately serve as ISS’ replacement.” Axiom stated on their web page.
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