NASA has selected Axiom Space of Houston to provide at least one habitable commercial module to be attached to the International Space Station.
Axiom Space wants to build a space station for a new age of exploration, and last week, the Houston-based company started moving ahead with its plans in earnest.
NASA announced that the company has been chosen to add its first module to the International Space Station, opening up the orbiting laboratory to more commercial activities in the future.
NASA wants to foster commercial enterprise in orbit so it becomes a user, not a provider, of services, freeing up the agency to focus on its broader goals like sending people to the Moon and Mars.
- If Axiom succeeds in building and operating a commercial space station, it will mark a turning point for how space is used and who has access to it.
- Axiom’s station will be focused on catering to private companies and space agencies or even tourists who want to experience outer space for themselves.