Axiom Space Announces Private Astronaut Expeditions

Axiom commercial space station design. (Credit: Axiom Space)

Axiom Space makes personal access to space broadly available. The company outlined its plans to support human spaceflight and to improve the quality of life on Earth.

HOUSTON, June 13, 2018 (Axiom Space PR) — Axiom Space is offering expeditions to space aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and ultimately the Axiom commercial space station complex. Ten-day missions are priced at $55 million with the first launch occurring in 2020.

The price includes transportation to and from the ISS, everything necessary to live and enjoy the experience while on orbit, and a 15-week, transformational training experience. Training is to current spaceflight standards and will be conducted side-by-side with national astronauts.

Axiom’s aim is for some of the most influential people on the planet to participate in science, industry and the arts on-orbit, while experiencing the ‘overview effect’ of seeing our fragile planet and all of humanity as a single unit. These pioneering influencers and their related philanthropic entities will benefit from this perspective-altering, holistic view of Earth and its inhabitants and make world-changing choices that will benefit us all.

Michael Suffredini, CEO and President of Axiom Space said, “It is an honor to continue the work that NASA and its partners have begun, to bring awareness to the profound benefits of human space exploration and to involve more countries and private citizens in these endeavors.”

Axiom Space is building the world’s first commercial space station. The Axiom commercial space station complex will be assembled while connected to ISS and separate upon its retirement. The Axiom corporate mission is to increase access to space, provide a robust user experience, generate space commerce and develop products for large markets on Earth, ranging from turbine blades to fiber optics to bio-printing and much more. The new station habitation spaces, including the crew quarters, dining area and galley, are being designed in partnership with Philippe Starck, an architect and designer renowned for forward thinking, experiential design and sophistication.

“This is a dream project for a creator like me with a genuine fascination for aviation and space exploration,” said Philippe Starck. “The greatest human intelligence in the world focuses on space research. My vision for the Habitation Module on Axiom Station is to create a comfortable egg that is inviting with soft walls and a design perfectly in harmony with the values and movements of the human body in zero gravity.”

Missions to the International Space Station and Axiom Station are now available and can be booked through the Axiom Space website: www.axiomspace.com.

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ABOUT AXIOM SPACE

Axiom Space is headquartered in Houston, Texas and is led by Mr. Michael Suffredini, former Manager of NASA’s International Space Station program. Axiom’s team has been involved in every mission to the International Space Station since the program’s inception. The company serves six markets including national astronaut programs, private astronauts, researchers, manufacturers, space exploration companies and advertisers. The mission of Axiom Space is to make living and working in space commonplace, to support sustained human space exploration and to improve the quality of life on Earth. www.axiomspace.com Tw: @Axiom_Space Inst: axiomspace_

ABOUT PHILIPPE STARCK

Philippe Starck is an internationally acclaimed French creator, designer and architect. His profound comprehension of contemporary transformations, his determination to change the world, his anticipatory concern for environmental implications, his love of ideas, his desire to defend the intelligence of usefulness – and the usefulness of intelligence – have accompanied one iconic creation after the other. From everyday products such as furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega-yachts, individual windmills, electric bikes or hotels and restaurants that aspire to be wondrous, stimulating and intensely vibrant places. This untiring and rebellious citizen of the world, who considers it his duty to share his ethical and subversive vision of a fairer planet, creates unconventional places and objects whose purpose is to be “good” before being beautiful. Philippe Starck and his wife, Jasmine, mostly live on an airplane or in “middles of nowhere”. www.starck.com / Facebook @StarckOfficial / Instagram @Starck

  • Doesn’t this make you long for the days of those $20M Soyuz flights? Space seems to keep getting more expensive as time goes on.

  • passinglurker

    To be fair that’s just the price of the seat not ride+consumables+ground support like axiom is offering.

  • P.K. Sink

    …The Axiom commercial space station complex will be assembled while connected to ISS and separate upon its retirement…

    Sounds great…has anyone informed NASA about this plan?

  • windbourne

    Who is doing the launch? Russia, SX, or Boeing?

  • They probably priced it for the higher of the two SX/Boeing prices – and they have to do that based on how many people they expect to fly each time and the cost per available seat orbit (CASO?). Oh my, if we have to start thinking about CASM/CASO, space development is about to get more interesting and boring at the same time!

  • Jacob Samorodin

    Well…yes and no. The Soyuz space-tourist program required you learn to speak and read Russian. It required survival training, meaning a stay in the black-fly, mosquito and bear-infested taiga (in summer) or a stay in the minus 40 Celsius, snow-covered, wolf prowled taiga, or steppes, in the winter….I haven’t mentioned the ‘actual’ space training involving an 8-10g centrifuge, a stomach turning 3-axis gimbal machine designed by some sadistic bastard, and the Russian version of the Vomit Comet…Would I go on an Axiom flight if I won the big lottery? Not to LEO for 55 million…Double that amount and fly me by the Moon.

  • All that ground stuff is the cheap part though. You can spend a few grand and do some survival training. You can spend a few grand and do a 0-G flight. You can spend a few grand and go on a centrifuge. It’s the rocket that costs the real bucks – the range, the ground controllers, the space station, your food up there. The cost is in the “space” part.

  • windbourne

    considering that Suffredini ran ISS for NASA, I suspect that NASA knows.

  • windbourne

    ah heck, I already like the sounds of the Soyuz program.
    That sounds like fun.

  • windbourne

    if so, it would be nice to see Bigelow offer the same thing, but at a cheaper price.

  • P.K. Sink

    Good point. I’m a huge fan of Suffredini by the way. He just exuded quiet confidence at those NASA press conferences.

  • How? If transportation is the single largest cost (the initial station, supplies and crew) the price will be market rate. SpaceX might be cheaper, but not an order of magnitude. While the contract values won’t be public, word will get around pretty quick from what NASA, Axiom and Bigelow pay. Then it just becomes a sales volume game, who can buy flights in bulk.

  • Steve Ksiazek

    I doubt Bigelow will be ready for paying customers in 2020.

  • Michael Halpern

    We don’t know how much of that was subsidized for the purpose of maintaining Soyuz capsule production Soyuz are 3 seaters, the rocket costs more than $60m

  • Steve Ksiazek

    I just read some reviews of Bigelow over on Glassdoor.com. Not good at all. I don’t expect Bigelow’s hobby project ever to be ready given the state of the company. But what the heck. They have free ice cream.

  • windbourne

    Axiom is simply taking them to the ISS and letting them stay there for a short time.
    IOW, they will not have a habitat either.

  • Search

    LoL

  • Search

    You should assume NASA (i.e. you if you are a US taxpayer) is paying. Gratis. Like CASIS. Get it?

  • Robert Stanley

    Me thinks the hook here is the non refundable deposit. 😉

  • Terry Stetler

    Crunchbase says founded in 2015 and only $3m raised.

    Guessing they’ll use Rogozin’s trampoline?

  • windbourne

    Why would you assume that NASA will pay for some Rich guy to go?