A new, all-private space station is under development and could be launched in a few years. Collins Corporation in Charlotte, North Carolina, is setting up life support and water recovery systems for NASA, which are being used on the International Space Station (ISS), and says it has been awarded a $2.6 million contract. By an orbital agent who was building a space station, to deal with.
Collins, a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies, said it is building Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) that could be launched within a few years to provide living conditions outside Earth’s atmosphere.
Expectations are that private space tourism company Axiom Space may be the intended orbital customer, as it is the most well-known company actively planning a commercial space station.
The space tourism company has struck a deal with SpaceX to carry passengers to the International Space Station, and has proposed a module for the station exclusively for the use of private astronauts in low Earth orbit, where the International Space Station is currently located.
There are currently two stations in this orbit, the International Space Station itself, and Tiangong, the Chinese space station that was launched earlier this year.
Russia is also working on its own space station, the first time it will have its own base in orbit since it decommissioned the Soviet-era Mir station in 2001.
Axiom Space, the private space tourism company that operates flights to the International Space Station with SpaceX, declined to comment on rumors that it is a buyer.
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