Axiom Space

Axiom Space operates missions to the International Space Station (ISS). Axiom Space is also the builder and future owner and operator of Axiom Station, the successor to the ISS.

Created: 2018-11-01

Updated: 2023-09-04

Company - Axiom Space

Founded
Country
2016
USA
Funding
$505M+
Website
Axiom Space
Social
Axiom Space

Product/Service - Orbital Segment, Segment, Axiom Station, AxStation

Classification
Space Stations & Habitats
Category
Commercial Space Station
Commercial ISS Module
Space Suits & Garments
Fields
Large Space Structures
Status
Development
First launch
2025

At the core of Axiom Space’s mission is to enable the development of a diverse and robust commercial economy in low-Earth orbit.

Astronaut Missions

Ax-1, the first all-private astronaut mission to the International Space Station launched at 11:17 AM ET, April 8 and splashed down at 1:06 PM ET, April 25 in 2022.
The Ax-1 astronauts are the first in a new class of pioneers stepping forth to lay the groundwork for Axiom Station and the full realization of low Earth orbit's possibilities. The Ax-1 astronauts conducted extensive research and STEM outreach. Their efforts align with how each philanthropist carries out his work at home, in service to all on Earth and to all who follow them beyond it.

Space Station

Intends to build ISS's privately-owned successor. Plan to attach Axiom module to ISS in 2024 and later detach. 

The Axiom Space Station (AxStation) is home base for professional astronauts and private explorers. It is the microgravity laboratory where educators, scientists and researchers conduct life-improving research. It is the in-space industrial park for manufacturing products to be used on the ground and in orbit. It is the ultimate proving ground to mature critical space systems necessary for the exploration and colonization of space. Our vision at Axiom Space is to make living and working in space commonplace as a means to sustained deep space exploration and to improve the quality of life here on Earth.

Planning to launch the first segment of a new commercial space station in just three years, and it will double as an out-of-this-world hotel. The plan is to attach a crew module to the International Space Station by 2024 and then expand from there to create at least two other modules, including a laboratory/manufacturing facility and a panoramic observatory. The company intends to leave all three modules attached to the ISS until it’s retire. The $2 billion project, called “AxStation,” could be built as soon as 2028.

Axiom Space, a leader in human spaceflight and building the world’s first commercial space station, proudly congratulates four of its partners whose proposals were selected by NASA in Focus Area 1A of the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) seeking In Space Production Applications (InSPA) flight demonstrations:

Space Suits

NASA selected Axiom Space in September for the first task order to develop suits for Artemis missions, an award valued at $228.5 million. Neither NASA nor Axiom have released details about the suit design. NASA said it received proposals from both companies but did not disclose why it selected Axiom.

Building on the strategic partnership that Axiom Space and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. signed in September, and following Mitsui's investment in Axiom Space, the partners have initiated the formation of a joint venture in Japan to accelerate on-orbit services to commercial and government customers. This unique partnership builds on both Axiom's in-space capabilities and Mitsui's global industrial reach.

With the launch of Axiom Space NFTs, community participation will directly impact the future of space exploration allowing participants to engage with each other and in humanity’s greatest endeavor -- taking life as we know it beyond our planet.

In late 2022, Boryung, a South Korean pharmaceutical company, has decided to invest $50 million in U.S. commercial space station developer Axiom Space’s Series C funding round. Boryung will take a 2.28% stake in Axiom by Dec. 30 in exchange for the investment, according to the filing. This follows Boryung’s $10 million investment in Axiom, disclosed in a May 16 regulatory filing, which gave the Korean company a 0.4% stake in the space station developer.

NASA announced 2022 June 1 it awarded contracts to teams led by Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace to develop new spacesuits for both ISS spacewalks and Artemis lunar landing missions through its Exploration Extravehicular Activity Services, or xEVAS, program.

Axiom Astronaut to Conduct Research and Train for International Space Station on Future Virgin Galactic Flight. November 3, 2022, “Virgin Galactic announced an agreement with Axiom Space to support a microgravity research and training mission. The Virgin Galactic spaceflight, tentatively scheduled for 2023, will prepare an Axiom Space astronaut for an upcoming trip to orbit, while conducting microgravity research to supplement the work that astronaut will do on the International Space Station.

As of early 2023, 1st Axiom Station module on schedule to launch and attach to the ISS in late 2025.

News, Research, Projects and Patents

Title Type Date Summary
NASA, companies reject concerns over commercial space station development schedules News 2022-07-31 [Both NASA and the companies selected by the agency to begin development of commercial space stations say they don’t share concerns raised by watchdogs that such stations may not be ready by the time the International Space Station is retired.](https://spacenews.com/nasa-companies-reject-concerns-over-commercial-space-station-development-schedules/)
Axiom-1 RAKIA - Cow cells orbit Earth for high steaks News 2022-01-01
Space Manufacturing Could Yield Next Realm of Innovations Article 2021-09-07
Axiom Space and Partners Demonstrate Commitment to Emerging Technologies for In Space Production and Manufacturing in Low-Earth Orbit News 2022-04-15
Boryung, Axiom Space, and Starburst Aerospace Announce First Annual Care In Space Challenge Competition 2022-04-18  [Starburst](https://c212.net/c/link/?t=0&l=en&o=3507218-1&h=1909232213&u=https%3A%2F%2Fstarburst.aero%2F&a=Starburst), the world's first and only global aerospace accelerator and advisory firm, today announced that applications have opened for the first annual CIS ("Care in Space") Challenge. The global challenge, led by Boryung in collaboration with Axiom Space and Starburst, will identify and provide commercialization support for emerging technologies and solutions that optimize human health for space travel and habitation and/or are manufactured in space to advance healthcare here on Earth.
Axiom Space: Building the off-Earth economy News 2022-01-16
NASA Pushes to Commercialize Near-Earth Space News 2020-07-08 The agency’s next step in exploring and commercializing outer space is to get more civilians and companies in on the act (while staying close to Earth).
Commercial space station developers seek clarity on regulations Article 2022-10-14 Companies working on commercial space stations intended to succeed the International Space Station say they need more clarity from the federal government on who will regulate them and how.

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