WASHINGTON — Nanoracks, Voyager Space, and Lockheed Martin will associate together for the launch of a new commercial space station. As the competitors in the industry report potential space station gap, the collaboration for Starlab.
Starlab would feature the following:
- Include a docking node having an inflatable module fixed to one side and a spacecraft bus, that will offer propulsion and power fixed to the other side
- It will hold 340 cubic meters volume, about 3/8th of the International Space Station, as well as produce 60 kilowatts of power
- Starlab will also be integrated with a “state-of-the-art” lab and a robotic arm and will host around four astronauts concurrently.
Lisa Callahan, general manager and vice president of commercial civil space told reporters, “Our team can build a customer-focused space station that will drive our future vision,” “Lockheed Martin’s broad experience in constructing complicated spacecraft and systems, mixed with Nanoracks’ commercial business modernism and Voyager’s financial expertise, helps in the making of a customer-focused space station to drive our future vision.” She mentioned that the corporation had put money into housing technology that “allows us to present a cost-effective, mission-driven spaceship design for Starlab.”
Starlab could attain initial operating capabilities as early as 2027, according to the firms. They did not reveal the estimated project price or how it will be financed.
The concern for a space station gap
NASA’s aim with CLD is to accelerate the building of one or more private space stations by the late 2020s, allowing the agency to move easily from the ISS to those stations. However, speakers at a congressional hearing on 21st October, including a former NASA administrator, warned that those commercial stations might not be ready until the decommissioning of ISS.
At a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee’s space subcommittee, former Administrator Jim Bridenstine warned, “We are not equipped for what follows after the International Space Station.” He added, “Building a space station is time-consuming, mainly if you’re doing with a whole new method.”
Present Financial Status
The current financing is not enough to meet NASA’s $140 million agreement with Axiom Space for ISS port access. Mary Lynne Dittmar, executive VP for government affairs, Axiom Space including another witness at the meeting said, “Looking at the way NASA is intending to assign money $101 million mentioned by Jim does not satisfy the commitment made to Axiom for 2022,” stated. “The work must be done on the space station side of it so that the station undertakes the required analysis that is needed to assure that Axiom can reach dock and orbit by 2024, is not entirely funded in the amount.”
Mary Dittmar said that she is concerned about the potential gap“I am worried by what I see as the potential for a gap,” she said.