Texas’s Space City made another move toward the future on Tuesday when Axiom Space, aiming to develop the first private space station, chose Houston as its home.
Elon Musk called South Texas “the gateway to Mars” earlier this month due to support for its SpaceX operations, but now Houston will provide the 14-acre facility, where Axiom said for its station, according to Mayor Sylvia Turner It is planned to manufacture components.
“We’ll land in the city of Houston,” Turner said at a news conference on Tuesday.
Ellington Airport’s spaceport will have a new facility.
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Axiom was founded by a pair of veterans in the field – chairman and chief executive officer Michael Suffredini, who spent a decade managing the International Space Station program, and company president Dr. Kam Gaufferian, who went on to become one of NASA’s largest enterprises.
“We can’t think of a better way to close an unprecedented year coming here to talk about the future of space and it starts from here,” Safaridini said during the news conference.
Sufredini said, “Axiom Space was founded with the vision of a thriving home in space, which benefits every human being everywhere. We often hear that this is a very bold statement.” in the space.”
Axiom plans to put its private space station into orbit 250 miles above the Earth, equip it for both public and private researchers and train its own astronauts on the ground. The station itself will include laboratory and residential units built on the ground in Houston.
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Turner said the project could add more than 1,000 high-paying jobs to the local economy.
As Houston Chronicle reports, Axiom and Houston executives are still working on the terms of the deal. Construction is expected to begin next year and the new facility will become functional in 2023.