NASA Approves First Commercial Module For International Space Station

On Monday, NASA announced the selection of Axiom Space of Houston to provide a habitable commercial module to be attached to the International Space Station, enabling extended civilian operations and tourism in orbit. NASA had sent a request for proposals to private industry in the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships.

Axiom plans to launch a node module, research and manufacturing facility, crew habitat, and Earth observatory to attach to the ISS, which will allow civilian research missions, extended civilian residential capacity, and tourism opportunities onboard.

Axiom Space Modules

The company targets launch of the first module in the latter half of 2024.