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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #440 on: 10/03/2023 06:04 pm »
First module construction at Thales Alina as of September 14, 2023. https://aviationweek.com/aerospace/commercial-space/private-space-stations-prepare-leo-operations

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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #441 on: 10/04/2023 07:37 pm »
From SpaceNews:
Axiom Space partners with Prada on Artemis spacesuits

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Axiom Space has selected an unconventional partner to assist in its development of spacesuits that will be worn by the next NASA astronauts to walk on the moon: Prada.
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“While it doesn’t seem obvious what the technological reasons are for collaborating with a company like Prada,” acknowledged Michael Suffredini, chief executive of Axiom Space, in an interview, “they’re more than just a fashion company. They actually do quite a bit of technologically advanced things.”

In particular, Prada will work on the outer layer of the Axiom space suit, which is basically there to protect the rest of the suit from space.  But the article also ends with this:

Quote from: Michael Suffredini (Axiom CEO) via SpaceNews
“I can’t tell you what it’s going to look like, but I feel good about it. It’s going to look very unique compared to what spacesuits formerly looked like.”

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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #442 on: 10/05/2023 01:28 am »
From SpaceNews:
Axiom Space partners with Prada on Artemis spacesuits

Quote from: Jeff Foust, SpaceNews
Axiom Space has selected an unconventional partner to assist in its development of spacesuits that will be worn by the next NASA astronauts to walk on the moon: Prada.
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“While it doesn’t seem obvious what the technological reasons are for collaborating with a company like Prada,” acknowledged Michael Suffredini, chief executive of Axiom Space, in an interview, “they’re more than just a fashion company. They actually do quite a bit of technologically advanced things.”

In particular, Prada will work on the outer layer of the Axiom space suit, which is basically there to protect the rest of the suit from space.  But the article also ends with this:

Quote from: Michael Suffredini (Axiom CEO) via SpaceNews
“I can’t tell you what it’s going to look like, but I feel good about it. It’s going to look very unique compared to what spacesuits formerly looked like.”

I suppose this was inevitable with the dark blue/black protective cover moon suits they trotted out a few months back.

I suppose the next horizon in fashion will be color e-ink suit covers, or the equivalent of vinyl advertising wraps for spacecraft.


Must resist posting meme jokes involving Anna Wintour/Devil wears Prada and Mugatu "Spacesuits are so hot right now"...

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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #443 on: 10/05/2023 02:48 pm »
If the International Latex Corporation can branch out from undergarments to lunar EVA suits, it's not unexpected that a clothing manufacturer can contribute technical garment capabilities for lunar EVA suits.

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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #444 on: 10/06/2023 02:44 pm »
Axiom has announced today a new partnership with ESA, which is covered on a new thread:

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=59651.0
« Last Edit: 10/06/2023 02:45 pm by FutureSpaceTourist »

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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #445 on: 10/06/2023 05:00 pm »
Axiom Space and ESA Forge New Partnership for Future Space Exploration and Discovery

We can start bets about who will be the third ESA astronaut to fly Axiom after Marcus Wandt and Sławosz Uznański...

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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #446 on: 10/10/2023 08:00 pm »
https://twitter.com/axiom_space/status/1711833035404980624

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This signing commemorates an agreement between Axiom Space & The Exploration Company, paving the way for a space capsule to be sent to Axiom Station. #BuildingForBeyond

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This signing commemorates an agreement between Axiom Space and The Exploration Company, paving the way for a European space capsule to be sent to Axiom Station later this decade. The agreement isn't just about transporting cargo; it's about forging a future where international collaborations can flourish.

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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #447 on: 10/18/2023 05:35 pm »
https://twitter.com/axiom_space3/status/1714681785173323948

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Join us today at 4 PM EST to learn about the first commercial space station as we speak with the Chief Engineer and Designer of Axiom Station, Dr. Michael Baine.🛰️

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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #448 on: 10/24/2023 11:53 pm »
https://aviationweek.com/aerospace/commercial-space/axiom-space-hab-one-pressure-vessel-nears-completion[Oct 24]

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LAS VEGAS–Axiom Space is nearing completion of its Hab One pressure vessel.

The structure forms the basis of the first of two inhabitable modules that are to be connected to the International Space Station (ISS). The structure is being built in Turin, Italy, by Thales Alenia Space.

“The first module shell is effectively completed,” Jason Aspiotis, Axiom’s director of in-space infrastructure and logistics, said at AIAA’s Ascend conference here on Oct. 23. “A lot of the subsystems that will populate the underlying structure–think about life support systems, avionics, propulsion, [guidance, navigation and control systems], power, communications, all that good stuff–we’re developing in a lab in Houston.”

Hab One hatches have also been fabricated, tested and prepared for delivery to Thales Alenia Space to support Hab One pressure testing, the company says.

The first module is to be shipped to Houston by 2024 for final assembly and integration at Axiom Space’s factory at Ellington Airport. The company plans to launch the Hab One module in 2026.

In 2020, NASA granted a fixed-price, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity award to Axiom Space, worth up to $140 million, to develop at least one commercial module to be attached to the ISS.

In 2021, Axiom contracted Thales Alenia Space to build its first two modules for €110 million ($117.4 million). The modules, to initially form the Axiom Station segment of the ISS, were originally scheduled for launch in 2024 and 2025.

Each module is designed to house four crewmembers and has additional volume for research and manufacturing projects.

In total, Axiom plans to attach four modules to the ISS. Prior to the ISS decommissioning, planned for 2031, Axiom’s modules will detach and operate as a free-flying, commercial space station.

Axiom has also been organizing private flights to the ISS, including on behalf of various national space agencies. In September, the company was cleared to take four private crewmembers to the ISS as part of what would be its third private astronaut mission to the space station, planned for no earlier than January 2024.

Axiom says its experience sending private crew and research to the ISS gives it valuable experience for eventually running its own space station.

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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #449 on: 11/24/2023 01:13 pm »
https://twitter.com/axiom_space/status/1728050881411666223

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Axiom Station’s first habitation module (Hab1) is currently under construction at @Thales_Alenia_S manufacturing facility. A barrel section is suspended by a crane & the window plate of a barrel section of Hab1 as seen with its black protective cover in place. #BuildingforBeyond

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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #450 on: 12/08/2023 11:47 am »
Czech government rejected an offer by Axiom to fly a Czech astronaut few days ago (tight budget). The reported price was $60M.

https://ct24.ceskatelevize.cz/clanek/domaci/cesko-nyni-nevysle-astronauta-na-misi-firmy-axiom-podle-resortu-nejsou-penize-343962

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The Czech Republic will not use the offer of the American company Axiom to fly Czech astronaut Ales Svoboda into space. There is currently no money for a short-term mission. The cost of the mission would have been sixty million dollars (1.35 billion crowns), said Václav Kobera, head of the Space Activities and Research Department at the Transport Ministry. The Czech Republic was to respond to the offer by the end of the year.

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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #451 on: 12/12/2023 08:00 pm »
https://twitter.com/axiom_space/status/1734226583051817079

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Three technicians at @Thales_Alenia_S mount a barrel section of Axiom Station Hab1 onto a customized friction stir welder. This system rotates the barrel section like a carousel across the friction stir welding head. #BuildingForBeyond

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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #452 on: 12/13/2023 07:15 am »
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Three technicians at @Thales_Alenia_S mount a barrel section of Axiom Station Hab1 onto a customized friction stir welder. This system rotates the barrel section like a carousel across the friction stir welding head. #BuildingForBeyond

As of this morning: three of the four side panels (with the radial CBM hatches) are in position around the top ring's circumference and into welding.
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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #453 on: 12/13/2023 10:06 am »

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Three technicians at @Thales_Alenia_S mount a barrel section of Axiom Station Hab1 onto a customized friction stir welder. This system rotates the barrel section like a carousel across the friction stir welding head. #BuildingForBeyond

The image in that tweet is an older image from three months ago and is not representative of the current status of the first module's pressure vessel.

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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #454 on: 12/13/2023 02:07 pm »

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Three technicians at @Thales_Alenia_S mount a barrel section of Axiom Station Hab1 onto a customized friction stir welder. This system rotates the barrel section like a carousel across the friction stir welding head. #BuildingForBeyond

The image in that tweet is an older image from three months ago and is not representative of the current status of the first module's pressure vessel.

Not three months, the FSW machine was occupied by a Cygnus pressure vessel back then.
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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #455 on: 12/13/2023 06:16 pm »
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1734962961498640634

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Axiom president Matt Ondler said the first commercial module it is developing for the ISS (as the basis for a later standalone station) is now scheduled for launch near the end of 2026. That's about a year later than previously stated.

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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #456 on: 12/15/2023 07:07 am »

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Three technicians at @Thales_Alenia_S mount a barrel section of Axiom Station Hab1 onto a customized friction stir welder. This system rotates the barrel section like a carousel across the friction stir welding head. #BuildingForBeyond

The image in that tweet is an older image from three months ago and is not representative of the current status of the first module's pressure vessel.

Not three months, the FSW machine was occupied by a Cygnus pressure vessel back then.

I'm aware of that. Nowhere did I state that the image was taken in September. The image was released in September.

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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #457 on: 12/18/2023 02:55 pm »
https://twitter.com/axiom_space/status/1736748188629917871

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A technician at @Thales_Alenia_S works to install protective covers around open ports of the bulkhead of Hab1 of Axiom Station. #BuildingforBeyond

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Re: Axiom Space LLC
« Reply #458 on: 12/19/2023 05:14 pm »
https://twitter.com/axiom_space/status/1737169722863505679

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Axiom Space is proud to partner with @KeplerComms and Skyloom Global Corp. to integrate and demonstrate high data rate Optical Intersatellite Links (OISLs) on the first module of Axiom Space’s commercial space station. #BuildingOpportunity

https://www.axiomspace.com/news/orbital-data-center

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December 19, 2023
Axiom Space Partners with Kepler Space and Skyloom to Operationalize the World’s 1st Orbital Data Center
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The Houston-based company Axiom Space has entered agreements with Kepler Communications US Inc. and Skyloom Global Corp. to integrate and demonstrate high data rate Optical Intersatellite Links (OISLs) on the first module of Axiom Space’s commercial space station – Axiom Station. In parallel, the Axiom Space team is building the world’s first scalable, cloud technology-enabled, commercial orbital data center to be hosted on Axiom Station.

The development of this first tranche of orbital data center capability (ODC T1) will support the transformation of low-Earth orbit (LEO) into a global space marketplace by maturing the necessary technologies and infrastructure for large-scale and secure space-based data processing. One of the key features of the orbital data center is “Earth independence” – the ability to provide in-space cloud services without the need to connect back to terrestrial cloud infrastructure. ODC T1 will help operationalize data processing and management applications for Axiom Space’s customers, while setting the stage for lunar and Mars use cases where on-premises data processing will be required to support exploration and economic development beyond Earth’s orbit.

The effort with Kepler and Skyloom will enable demonstration of OISLs to allow for data to be transmitted to and from the orbital data center via the Kepler and Skyloom relay constellations. The OISLs will allow for up to 10 gigabits-per-second data throughput and meet Space Development Agency (SDA) interoperability standards.

“This is a pivotal moment for in-space data processing infrastructure and capabilities,” said Jason Aspiotis, Axiom Space’s Director of In-Space Infrastructure & Logistics. “For the past two years, our team has been demonstrating proof of concepts and developing use cases for in-space data processing infrastructure. The ODC T1 effort and collaboration with Kepler and Skyloom will help us realize our vision of building and operationalizing the world’s first orbital data center. The data center will provide unprecedented data storage and processing capacity in a commercial, scalable, and economical way to aid microgravity researchers, Axiom Station users, and satellites in LEO, medium-Earth orbit (MEO) and Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit (GEO) through optical communications relays and via the extended mesh network.”

In preparation for the ODC T1 deployment, Axiom Space plans to install a smaller data processing prototype aboard the International Space Station to conduct testing and demonstrate initial capabilities. The prototype is planned for launch in 2024 and will test applications in artificial intelligence and machine learning, data fusion, and space cybersecurity.

“We will work to validate use cases at a sub scale and, at the same time, obtain flight heritage on the underlying data center hardware,” said Aspiotis. “Having a prototype on the ISS will serve as a building block toward the roughly half-cubic-meter sized data server rack we plan to launch by 2027.”

 Axiom Space is also actively conducting demonstrations on the AWS Snowcone currently aboard the space station, proving the basic utility of a data center in space and implementing processes and procedures for future orbital data center operations.

 “Kepler’s SDA-compatible space relay network leverages the latest technological advances in optical communications,” said Steve Bennett, Chief Operating Officer for Kepler. “We are pleased to partner with Axiom Space to provide 24-7 on-orbit capabilities to demonstrate the benefits our low latency, high-throughput data relay network can provide Axiom Space’s orbital data center. With the proliferation of spacecraft in LEO, the demand for continuous, high-capacity connectivity on orbit continues to grow. The Kepler Network is designed to help close the business case for commercial space stations, Earth observation companies, and other space operators requiring low latency and high bandwidth connectivity.”

 “Skyloom is excited to partner with Axiom Space,” said Eric Moltzau, Skyloom’s Chief Commercial Officer.  “This demonstration will prove the competitive advantages of our SkyCompass-1 optical communications network, which we are jointly developing and deploying with Space Compass and which will offer services beginning in 2025. This project with Axiom Space will illustrate SkyCompass-1's low latency, high bandwidth network capabilities.

 “Skyloom is a network service provider and space-based telecom equipment manufacturer,” Moltzau added. “We build all the infrastructure to support network services and we see the partnership with Axiom Space as a tremendous opportunity to grow together to provide these services for all kinds of commercial and government users.  This demonstration is the start of laying the initial infrastructure for a Commercial Space Internet to flourish in near earth orbit and on a planetary scale.”

Once Axiom Station Hab One (AxH1) is connected to the ISS, the data center hardware and optical communications terminals will be flown to AxH1 for module integration in preparation for initial testing. ODC T1 is planned to launch by 2027. The testing expects to prove out an array of capabilities, including 24/7 and high-bandwidth data connectivity between Axiom Station via a LEO and GEO relay network back to Earth; real-time voice and video capabilities for Axiom Station and its crew; high-speed data transport from experiments and payloads; connectivity and interoperability between LEO and GEO satellites with AxH1 as a network translation node; and orbital data center use cases in Earth-independent data storage and fusion, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and in-space cybersecurity. Once testing and evaluation are complete, the ODC T1 will be ready for real-time operations on orbit in support of Axiom Station customers and the mesh network.

The commercialization of LEO promises to stimulate new markets, drive innovations and fuel new ideas to advance civilization. The development of space-based data centers, equipped with cloud technology and advanced cyber security, is an integral part of creating a sustainable communications ecosystem capable of supporting human spaceflight, exploration, and commerce in space to generate economic and social value for the world.

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Re: Axiom Space LLC
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