A growing coalition of nations, corporations and individuals are taking on the challenges of lunar exploration, Mars settlement and deep Space exploration. At the same time, the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled to be retired in 2024 resulting in the loss of the low Earth orbit services, critical exploration infrastructure, and Earth-focused research provided by ISS for almost two decades.

Axiom’s international commercial space station will stimulate growth of the low Earth orbit (LEO) user community by providing additional and expanded services at ISS and allowing a seamless transition to the Axiom station when ISS is retired. This Axiom Space commercial initiative will allow NASA to realize their mandate to transition the multibillion-dollar LEO market to the private sector.

Rendering of Axiom Node and Axiom Habitation Module connected to the International Space Station

With multiple decades of experience as industry leaders in human spaceflight, the Axiom team is uniquely qualified to ensure continuity and growth for the programs that have been reliant on the ISS, while building and safely operating a multi-user platform that will serve the accelerating demand for human participation in and the industrialization of Space.

Experienced. Expert. Inspired.

This leadership team is one of a kind. We’re people who have flown in space, managed the International Space Station, grown space and terrestrial businesses, built teams of the highest caliber and led them to world-changing successes.

Axiom Space is the only private company equipped to provide NASA-level astronaut training and all operations required to keep astronauts and tourists safe and productive on orbit.

The Axiom leadership team is experienced in keeping people healthy, productive and happy in space. Extreme care for the lives entrusted to us, a strong mission orientation and an eye to the future are inherent to who we are.

President and CEO

Michael T. Suffredini is President, CEO and co-founder of Axiom Space, Inc. The Axiom Space vision is to make living and working in Earth orbit commonplace as a means to a robust economy in low Earth orbit. To realize this vision, Axiom is building the world’s first internationally available commercial space station to continue what the International Space Station (ISS) community of Nations has begun. Mr. Suffredini has 30+ years of experience in human spaceflight, and served as NASA’s ISS Program manager for a decade prior to his retirement in late 2015. As ISS Program manager, Mike was responsible for the development, assembly, operation and utilization of the 460-metric ton, permanently manned international orbiting laboratory complex. The 15-nation program is the largest international peacetime project in human history. During his tenure, Mr. Suffredini successfully lead the transition of the ISS program from a development and assembly focus to a research and commercial utilization focus, opening avenues for a new commercial marketplace in space. Mr. Suffredini is the recipient of numerous awards including the NASA Distinguished Service medal, the NASA Outstanding Leadership medal, the National Air and Space Museum Trophy and the Yuri Gagarin Medal. In addition, Michael has had both the Rank of Meritorious Executive and Rank of Distinguished Executive conferred on him by the President of the United States.

Dr. Kam Ghaffarian

Dr. Kam Ghaffarian is a visionary entrepreneur dedicated to creating companies that focus on operating with the highest integrity, promoting employee well-being, and delivering the best technical solutions to customers. Kam co-founded Axiom Space in 2016 to advance the commercial utilization of space eventually leading to the design, manufacture, launch and operation of a commercial space station. Kam started his entrepreneurial career in 1994 by founding Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (SGT), a government services company focusing on IT, Engineering, Science Applications, and Mission Operations. SGT has become NASA’s second largest engineering services provider, employing over 2,400 people and generating annual revenues of approximately $500M. Prior to SGT, Kam held numerous technical and management positions at Lockheed Martin, Ford Aerospace, and Loral, among others. Dr. Ghaffarian holds a B.S. in Computer Science, a B.S. in Electronics Engineering, a M.Sc. in Information Management, and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems.

Stephen Altemus

Mr. Stephen Altemus currently serves as the President and CEO of Intuitive Machines. Founded 5 years ago, Intuitive Machines invents hardware and software solutions for businesses that can benefit from varying degrees of autonomy in their systems, processes, and operations. Prior to founding Intuitive Machines, Mr. Altemus served as the Deputy Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), a Center charged with overseeing human spaceflight plans and programs for the Agency. He led and directed human spaceflight architecting efforts identifying affordable concepts for taking humans to the edge of deep space while growing the US technological economy and continuing international competitiveness, providing the Nation with a sustainable and flexible approach to addressing the major challenges in human spaceflight. Formerly Director of Engineering, Mr. Altemus served as the leader and steward of the Johnson Space Center’s engineering capabilities in support of NASA’s human spaceflight programs, projects, and technology development activities.

Mr. Altemus is a visionary and accomplished leader with tremendous ability to formulate and execute insightful strategic initiatives, sound organizational strategies, and technical solutions that drive excellence. He is a recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Federal Engineer of the Year Award, Presidential Executive Rank Award, and NASA Exceptional Service Medal. Mr. Altemus received his B.S. Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University where he now serves as a member on the Engineering Advisory Board, and his M.S. Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Mike Baine

Dr. Baine serves as the Chief Engineer at Axiom Space. Prior to joining Axiom Space, Dr. Baine held the position chief of engineering at Intuitive Machines where he was involved in the development of autonomous intelligent systems and lifting body re-entry vehicles. Prior to this he was the chief engineer for Project Morpheus at the NASA Johnson Space Center which developed a planetary lander with precision landing capabilities for human exploration. Originally from Long Beach California, Dr. Baine attended the University of California San Diego, where he received degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering (B.S. ‘93) and Physics (B.S. ‘93, M.S. ‘98, C. Phil. ‘98, Ph.D. ‘00). His doctoral work, supervised by Dr. Sally K. Ride, focused on the experimental investigation of electron beam laser interactions; specifically, the generation of laser synchrotron radiation. Upon graduation, Dr. Baine was awarded a National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship to study Electric Propulsion with Dr. Franklin Chang Diaz. In 2001, he received a permanent position within the Engineering Directorate at the Johnson Space Center. Successive responsibilities included propulsion development for Shuttle and Station, Columbia accident investigation scenario team, crew escape propulsion lead for OSP, Orion propulsion System Manager, Orion Principle Lead Engineer for Test and Verification, and Chief Engineer for Project Morpheus.

Amir Blachman

Amir Blachman is the Chief Business Officer of Axiom Space, providing human spaceflight missions to space agencies worldwide, to ultra-high net worth private astronauts, to researchers and manufacturers and to deep space exploration companies.

Prior to Axiom, Blachman was the Managing Director of an international space investment syndicate with over 120 LPs in 11 countries. He serves as an advisor to the Moonshot startup accelerator and to Bye Aerospace, the global leader in all-electric trainer aircraft.

He is a prolific speaker on the subject of space investment and the growing sector of human spaceflight and is involved with multiple programs supporting STEM education and cultivating the next generation of entrepreneurs and explorers.

Blachman holds a BA from UC Santa Barbara, an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and has completed the school’s Executive Program in corporate governance. He is an instrument-rated private pilot and is based in Los Angeles, California.

Brent Jett

Brent Jett has a distinguished 37-year history of public service as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot, NASA astronaut, and member of federal government Senior Executive Service.  Prior to joining Axiom Space, he ran his own consulting company with clients in the aerospace / aviation industry and also currently serves as a member of the independent NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel.  During his government service at NASA, Brent was Deputy Program Manager for the NASA Commercial Crew Program – charged with developing the new space systems to transport astronauts on missions to the International Space Station.  Prior to that assignment, he served as the Director of NASA Flight Crew Operations until the end of the Space Shuttle Program.  In that role, Brent was responsible for planning, directing, and leading astronauts and aircraft operations in support of NASA human spaceflight missions.  During his 26 years on active duty with the Navy, Brent was a carrier fighter pilot (F-14 Tomcat), test pilot, and astronaut.  He flew four Space Shuttle missions (STS-72, 81, 97, 115) – two as the Shuttle Pilot and two as the Shuttle Commander – which included a mission to the Russian Space Station Mir and two missions to the International Space Station.  During his time as an astronaut, Brent also served as the NASA Director of Operations at the Yuri Gagarin Training Center in Star City Russia.  Brent is currently the Vice President, Operations at Axiom Space.

Michael López-Alegría
Business Development

Michael López-Alegría has over thirty-five years of aviation and space experience with the U.S. Navy and NASA in a variety of roles including Naval Aviator, engineering test pilot and program manager, NASA astronaut, and International Space Station commander. He is a four-time astronaut, having flown on Space Shuttle missions STS-73, STS-92, and STS- 113, and serving as Commander of ISS Expedition 14 (flying to and from the ISS aboard Soyuz TMA-9). He holds NASA records for most Extravehicular Activities (EVA) or “space walks” (10) and cumulative EVA time (67 hours 40 minutes). López-Alegría is the former President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, where he was a spokesman, thought leader and advocate with the U.S. Congress and pertinent Executive Agencies for favorable public policy on behalf of the commercial spaceflight industry. He serves on several advisory boards and committees of public and private organizations, including the Human Exploration and Operations Committee of the NASA Advisory Council and the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee to the FAA. López-Alegría is the Chairman of ASTM International’s Committee on Commercial Spaceflight as well as the President of the Association of Space Explorers USA, a professional and educational organization of current and former astronauts. He is based in Washington, DC.

Christian Maender
In-Space Manufacturing & Research

Christian Maender serves as the Director of In-Space Manufacturing and Research at Axiom Space. Mr. Maender has over 18 years of human spaceflight experience with key leadership roles in planning, design, technical integration and execution of microgravity research and technology demonstrations on the International Space Station (ISS). He has extensive history working with a variety of customers implementing diverse strategies to expand the commercialization of the ISS and bring commercial in-space research and manufacturing services into the ISS National Lab. Mr. Maender is the recipient of numerous awards including the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. Mr. Maender earned his B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University.

Alicia Woodley

Alicia Woodley has 17 years of experience spanning the fields of business law, corporate management, and the sciences, and is the Chief Counsel and Director of Internal Corporate Operations at Axiom Space. Prior to joining Axiom, Ms. Woodley directed special projects as General Counsel and Chief Strategic Officer for the US Medical Innovations family of companies specializing in research, product development, manufacturing, sales & distribution of plasma-energy surgical devices. Previously Ms. Woodley held positions as a Leveraged Finance attorney at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, Legal Fellow to the General Counsel’s Office of Teach for America, and Financial Analyst on the Goldman Sachs International Equities Trading Floor. Alicia received a BA from Brown University, an MBA from Wharton, a JD from Harvard Law School, an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania Lauder Institute, and completed the International Space University SSP Program in 2016. In her spare time Alicia Woodley serves as the Managing Partner of Etropy, LLC, supporting human technologies startup ventures.

Our team has been involved with every ISS mission since the inception of the program.