NASA to award $415 MN to support 3 commercial space stations

NASA, an independent agency of the U.S. federal government responsible for the civilian space program, has recently awarded three companies with hundreds of millions of dollars for developing a commercial space station.

It plans to swap the International Space Station, which is expected to retire by the end of this decade.

Blue Origin, Nanolux, the aerospace firm, and Northrop Grumman have been offered $ 130 million and $ 160 million to develop an orbital outpost, correspondingly.

Pivotal to note that Axiom Space, the fourth company, had earlier won a contract of $140 million.

Apparently, the U.S. space agencies are constantly focusing on developing their once-built hardware to build habitats on the Moon, reduce costs, and emphasize striving goals, including getting ready for manned jobs to Mars. Besides, they are also looking at the private industry.

Bill Nelson, NASA Chief stated that the agency is partnering with a U.S. company for developing space destinations where people can live, visit and work. This empowers NASA to encourage commercial activities in space while helping humanity.

Speculations have it that Blue Origin is developing an orbital leaf in collaboration with Sierra Space. Orbital Reef will accommodate around 10 people in the second half of the decade. It has been described as “a mixed-use business park in space” to support microgravity research and manufacturing.

In addition, the Nanoracks Space station, developed in collaboration with Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin, is known as “Star Lab”.

As per sources, Nanoracks is estimated to be launched in 2027 and envisages a biology lab, a physical science and materials research lab, a plant habitat lab, and an open workbench area.

Furthermore, Cygnus, a spacecraft that transports cargo to the ISS, was developed by Northrop Grumman, which is seeking to build stations on a module-by-module foundation, including in tourism, science, and industrial fields experimentation.

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