1st Private Space Station Will Become an Off-Earth Manufacturing Hub

1st Private Space Station Will Become an Off-Earth Manufacturing Hub

(Space.com, 6/5/17)

The first-ever commercial space station will become a manufacturing hub just a few years after reaching orbit, if everything goes according to plan.

Houston-based company Axiom Space envisions its off-Earth outpost — the first pieces of which are scheduled to launch in 2020 — initially taking the reins from the International Space Station (ISS), serving as a base for research and a destination for national astronauts and deep-pocketed tourists.

While those duties will continue into the future, the biggest money lies in another field, Axiom Space representatives said.

“We expect that, by the 2027 time frame, manufacturing will overtake all the other revenue combined,” Amir Blachman, Axiom Space’s vice president of strategic development, told Space.com.

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