Gravitics Announces $20 Million Raise to Build Next-Generation Space Station Modules

StarMax space station in orbit. (Credit: Gravitics)

Gravitics, a startup that promises to bring “high-quality shipyard-style fabrication” to the production of large space station modules, has raised a $20 million in a seed round.

Led by Type One Ventures, the funding round included included Tim Draper from Draper Associates, FJ Labs, The Venture Collective, Helios Capital, Giant Step Capital, Gaingels, Spectre, Manhattan West and Mana Ventures.

Gravitics is developing flexible-use StarMax™ space station module that will provide up to 400 cubic meters of usable habitable volume. That will be nearly nearly half the volume of the International Space Station. StarMax will be compatible with SpaceX’s Starship, Blue Origin’s New Glenn and United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan launch vehicles.

Gravitics has opened a new 42,000 square foot facility north of Seattle. The company has begun assembly of the first StarMax prototype in preparation for pressure tests in early 2023 and a subsequent orbital flight test. Gravitics is taking StarMax pre-orders now for delivery in 2026.

“We are focused on helping commercial space station operators be successful,” said Gravitics CEO and Co-founder Colin Doughan, Gravitics. “StarMax gives our customers scalable volume to accommodate a space station’s growing user base over time. StarMax is the modular building block for a human-centric cis-lunar economy.”

Gravitics team is led by Dr. Bill Tandy, former mission architect for Blue Origin’s Orbital Reef space station, and Scott Macklin, former head of propulsion at Virgin Orbit. The company has grown to nearly 40 full-time employees and contractors.

“The case for Gravitics is simple,” said Tarek Waked of Type One Ventures, who has joined the Gravitics Board of Directors. “Having scalable space infrastructure that is 100% made in the United States is good for the space industry, good for the country, and is just the beginning of an effort that the whole world will benefit from as space becomes more and more accessible.”