NASA selected a startup which is led by the former program manager at International Space Station for making a module to commercialize the station. NASA has announced on the 27th of January that Axiom Space which is based in Houston for winning the access to the docking port on the station to a company which is going to install a module which is commercial for its research as well as the other applications.
The agency has said that it is going to begin the negotiations on framing a formal contract with the company and this is going to be a five year one and would have two-year long options. In the year 2016, Axiom had been founded by Kam Ghaffarian who had led the space industry previously and also Michael Suffredini who had been the program manager for NASA’s ISS for 10 years before he retired from his agency in the year 2015.
The company consists of a lot of the former astronauts who are leading the key positions in the organization. Axiom has said that it is of the belief that the experience along with a team of the industry that includes Thales, Boeing, Intuitive Machinery as well as the Maxar Technologies have been playing a major role in their selection.
The researchers have said that this is going to be a learning curve and a steep one at that and Axiom is the best suited as they know from their own experience about what works and what is not going to work in terms of the innovation of design and the engineering required for the creation at the ISS in NASA.
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