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    Axiom Space: commercial ISS missions, modules & space station

    Already selected by NASA, Axiom Space will start off by attaching a commercial module to ISS for commercial astronauts and researchers. Later it will detach and form the basis of a larger free-flying commercial space station.

    SpaceX's Crew Dragon will provide early transportation to ISS before the modules fly. Other crew vehicles could be added as they prove themselves.

    Concept (black/white modules at right)
    AXIOM ISS module.jpg

    https://www.axiomspace.com/post/axio...-space-station

    Axiom Space plans first-ever fully private human spaceflight mission to International Space Station

    HOUSTON – Today Axiom Space announced it is planning history’s first fully private human spaceflight mission to the International Space Station.

    Axiom has signed a contract with SpaceX for a Crew Dragon flight which will transport a commander professionally trained by Axiom alongside three private astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The mission, set to launch as soon as the second half of 2021, will allow the crew to live aboard the ISS and experience at least eight days of microgravity and views of Earth that can only be fully appreciated in the large, venerable station.

    “This history-making flight will represent a watershed moment in the march toward universal and routine access to space,” Axiom CEO Michael Suffredini said. “This will be just the first of many missions to ISS to be completely crewed and managed by Axiom Space – a first for a commercial entity. Procuring the transportation marks significant progress toward that goal, and we’re glad to be working with SpaceX in this effort.”

    This is the first of Axiom’s proposed “precursor missions” to the ISS envisioned under its Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA. Discussions with NASA are underway to establish additional enabling agreements for the private astronaut missions to ISS.

    Axiom plans to offer professional and private astronaut flights to ISS at a rate of up to two per year to align with flight opportunities as they are made available by NASA, while simultaneously constructing its own privately funded space station.

    “Since 2012, SpaceX has been delivering cargo to the International Space Station in partnership with NASA and later this year, we will fly NASA astronauts for the first time,” said SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell. “Now, thanks to Axiom and their support from NASA, privately crewed missions will have unprecedented access to the space station, furthering the commercialization of space and helping usher in a new era of human exploration.”

    With its team’s vast experience in human spaceflight, Axiom serves as a one-stop shop overseeing all elements of its missions. In addition to contracting with SpaceX for a Crew Dragon vehicle to transport its crew to the ISS, Axiom’s turnkey service for the mission – two days in transit and at least eight days aboard the ISS – includes training, mission planning, hardware development, life support, medical support, crew provisions, hardware and safety certifications, on-orbit operations and overall mission management.

    NASA recently selected Axiom’s proposal to attach its space station modules to the ISS beginning in the second half of 2024, ultimately creating a new ‘Axiom Segment’ which will expand the station’s usable and habitable volume. When the ISS reaches its retirement date, the Axiom complex will detach and operate as a free-flying commercial space station.

    By serving the market for immediate access to space while building the future platform for a global user base, Axiom is leading the development and settlement of low Earth orbit now and into the future.
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    Axiom Space @Axiom_Space
    Building the International Space Station’s successor.

    Booking a Crew Dragon mission with @SpaceX for our first flight – the first fully private flight to ISS in history.

    This is the commercialization of Low Earth Orbit.

    https://www.axiomspace.com/post/axio...-space-station

    https://twitter.com/Axiom_Space/stat...42485545656321

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    I wonder how Bigelow will respond to this development? Is the B330 still on course for a 2020/21 launch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
    I wonder how Bigelow will respond to this development? Is the B330 still on course for a 2020/21 launch?
    Development yes, but the timing may be off. Especially if Lunar Gateway is delayed or cancelled as a Bigelow hab is in the running for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Development yes, but the timing may be off. Especially if Lunar Gateway is delayed or cancelled as a Bigelow hab is in the running for it.
    Yeah if were them I wouldn't be holding my breath for Gateway...

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    Axion Space CEO Mike Suffredini (former NASA ISS lead);

    1) Axiom's first launch to ISS will use SpaceX's Crew Dragon

    2) they'll announce 3 passengers in few weeks

    3) NET date is October 2021

    No word yet on who'll pilot the mission. It'd be kick-*** if it were astronaut Garrett Reisman, who led SpaceX's Commercial Crew program before becoming a SpaceX consultant & professor at USC's Viterbi School of Engineering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Axion Space CEO Mike Suffredini (former NASA ISS lead);

    1) Axiom's first launch to ISS will use SpaceX's Crew Dragon

    2) they'll announce 3 passengers in few weeks

    3) NET date is October 2021

    No word yet on who'll pilot the mission. It'd be kick-*** if it were astronaut Garrett Reisman, who led SpaceX's Commercial Crew program before becoming a SpaceX consultant & professor at USC's Viterbi School of Engineering.
    So they will basically be getting hands on experience with the ISS before completing the design of their own modules, very cool!

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    At the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) Oct. 13, Axiom Space announced it hopes to soon finalize its first commercial mission to the International Space Station, scheduled for late 2021.

    https://spacenews.com/axiom-space-fi...l-iss-mission/

    Axiom Space hopes to soon finalize its first commercial mission to the International Space Station, scheduled for late 2021, as it continues development of a commercial module for the station.

    During a panel discussion at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) Oct. 13, Michael Suffredini, president and chief executive of Axiom Space, said his company had lined up the the customers for that first mission, a 10-day flight to the space station on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2021.

    “We have all of our customers identified and we’re about to finish their contracting,” he said. The company previously announced a contract with SpaceX for the flight and is “just about done” with a NASA contract for the mission.

    “We’re cautiously optimistic that, by the end of October, we will have everything in place to move forward for a launch in the fourth quarter of 2021,” he said.
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    Today Axiom Space announced it is planning history’s first fully private human spaceflight mission to the International Space Station.
    Axiom has signed a contract with SpaceX for a Crew Dragon flight which will transport a commander professionally trained by Axiom alongside three private astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The mission, set to launch as soon as the second half of 2021, will allow the crew to live aboard the ISS and experience at least eight days of microgravity and views of Earth that can only be fully appreciated in the large, venerable station.
    “This history-making flight will represent a watershed moment in the march toward universal and routine access to space,” Axiom CEO Michael Suffredini said. “This will be just the first of many missions to ISS to be completely crewed and managed by Axiom Space – a first for a commercial entity. Procuring the transportation marks significant progress toward that goal, and we’re glad to be working with SpaceX in this effort.”
    This is the first of Axiom’s proposed “precursor missions” to the ISS envisioned under its Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA. Discussions with NASA are underway to establish additional enabling agreements for the private astronaut missions to ISS.
    Axiom plans to offer professional and private astronaut flights to ISS at a rate of up to two per year to along with flight opportunities as they are made available by NASA, while simultaneously constructing its own privately funded space station.
    “Since 2012, SpaceX has been delivering cargo to the International Space Station in partnership with NASA and later this year, we will fly NASA astronauts for the first time,” said SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell. “Now, thanks to Axiom and their support from NASA, privately crewed missions will have unprecedented access to the space station, furthering the commercialization of space and helping usher in a new era of human exploration.”
    With its team’s vast experience in human spaceflight, Axiom serves as a one-stop shop overseeing all elements of its missions. In addition to contracting with SpaceX for a Crew Dragon vehicle to transport its crew to the ISS, Axiom’s turnkey service for the mission – two days in transit and at least eight days aboard the ISS – includes training, mission planning, hardware development, life support, medical support, crew provisions, hardware and safety certifications, on-orbit operations and overall mission management.
    NASA recently selected Axiom’s proposal to attach its space station modules to the ISS beginning in the second half of 2024, ultimately creating a new ‘Axiom Segment’ which will expand the station’s usable and habitable volume. When the ISS reaches its retirement date, the Axiom complex will detach and operate as a free-flying commercial space station.
    By serving the market for immediate access to space while building the future platform for a global user base, Axiom is leading the development and settlement of low Earth orbit now and into the future.

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    An ultra-luxe space hotel could launch as early as 2024. Tom Cruise has reportedly already snapped up tickets – rumoured to cost upwards of £40 million – to this extraterrestrial destination. Co-founded by NASA’s former International Space Station manager Michael Suffredini, the cutting-edge Texas-based startup has announced plans to launch the first segment of a new commercial space station by 2024. The $2 billion project, known as ‘AxStation’, will double as a luxury hotel for daring jet-setters and space enthusiasts who are looking to take their adventuring to new heights.

    https://www.tatler.com/article/axsta...l-opening-2024
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    An ultra-luxe space hotel could launch as early as 2024. Tom Cruise has reportedly already snapped up tickets – rumoured to cost upwards of £40 million – to this extraterrestrial destination. Co-founded by NASA’s former International Space Station manager Michael Suffredini, the cutting-edge Texas-based startup has announced plans to launch the first segment of a new commercial space station by 2024. The $2 billion project, known as ‘AxStation’, will double as a luxury hotel for daring jet-setters and space enthusiasts who are looking to take their adventuring to new heights.

    https://www.tatler.com/article/axsta...l-opening-2024
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    Tom Cruise and director Doug Limon will not be on the commercial Crew Dragon AX-1 mission to ISS. Currently scheduled for January, 2022.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/26/axio...on-to-iss.html

    Note: besides AX-1, there will be another commercial Crew Dragon flight for Space Adventures.

    Commander: Michael Lopez-Alegria (US, former NASA astronaut)
    Pilot: Larry Connor (US; managing partner Connor Group)
    Mission Specialist 1: Mark Pathy (Canada; CEO Mavrik Inc.)
    Mission Specialist 2: Eytan Stibbe (Israel; businessman, former IAF pilot)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    I have trouble believing this space station will cost only $2 billion.
    It will be interesting to see, starting with whether it gets done. Its scope isn’t the same as the ISS, transport is cheaper, technology is newer, and it isn’t a NASA project with cost plus contractors, so I think there is room for them to be far less expensive than what we are used to. On the other hand, it is new, and you never know until it actually is up there and working.

    I’ve mentioned before how I thought a hundred billion (I think it is more like 150 billion now) for a space station was insane when they didn’t start with developing less expensive launch capability. There’s no good reason something like ISS needs to cost so much.

    People forget about Skylab. It had problems as a first attempt, but it was quite roomy and had advantages over ISS like a large food refrigerator, so Skylab astronauts ate better than ISS astronauts in some ways. And it didn’t cost anywhere near what ISS costs.

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    Oh, and it would have no international partners. Sure, international partners are a good thing for a symbol of international cooperation, but it makes logistics far harder. No need here to wait for partners to do their part, or spend time compatibility testing everyone’s equipment, or requiring armies of staff working in different countries to coordinate everything. Things can be done much quicker and cheaper if run by a focused company.

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    Axiom Space announced Feb. 16 it has raised $130 million from a group of investors, allowing the company to push ahead with its long-term ambitions of establishing a private space station.

    https://spacenews.com/axiom-space-raises-130-million/
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