AXIOM STATION


Axiom Station is the privately-owned successor to the International Space Station (ISS) that builds on ISS’s 17-year legacy of continuous human presence in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).  The first elements of Axiom will attach to the forward node of the ISS providing expanded research capabilities and a larger crew complement.  The Axiom segment will increase the ISS National Laboratory scientific output, provide commercial manufacturing opportunities and ensure the continuity of research and human spaceflight capability post ISS.

ELEMENTS

Axiom Station is composed of nodes and modules that make up the orbital configuration. The initial configuration includes a node, a habitation module, a research and manufacturing module and a window observatory. This configuration includes 8 crew quarters, pressurized research space equivalent to the US Lab, and unpressurized payload locations.  Adding elements to this configuration allows it to evolve into a stand-alone space station. This would include an additional habitation module, a research and logistics module and a power and thermal module with crew capable airlock.  This can support a crew of up to 16 with the necessary facilities to make their stay productive.

DESIGN

The Axiom Station design takes advantage of the lessons from the design, construction and operation of the ISS. Those things that work well in the environment of long duration space flight were adopted for Axiom station with consideration for cost, maintainability and upgradability. Perhaps more important is the understanding our team has gained from working on the ISS that will allow us to strategically take advantage of modern manufacturing processes, industrial grade hardware and software design tools thereby reducing costs while still maintaining the same level of safety to the crew and vehicle.

REFINED CREW ACCOMMODATIONS

From day one, Axiom Station provides world-class accommodations for its crew. The visionary creator Philippe Starck designed the highly elegant crew accommodations with each private crew berth providing a nest like cabin with extraordinary unobstructed views of the Earth. The perfect environment to take in the world view, catch up on work and share your 400 km perspective back home via a high speed internet connection.

The Axiom Experience also includes the largest window observatory ever constructed for the space environment that will completely immerse the crew with a spectacular panorama of low earth orbit. The observatory can also serve as the dining room where crews can enjoy gourmet food with unmatched views.

Philippe Starck

This 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.

Despite more than 10,000 creations — completed or in the making — his global fame and his tireless protean inventiveness never forsake the essential. Philippe Starck has a mission and a vision: creation, whatever shape it takes, must make life better for the largest number of people possible. Starck believes this highly poetic, political, rebellious, benevolent, pragmatic and subversive duty must be borne by all and he resumes it with the humor that has accompanied his approach since the earliest days: “No one is forced to be a genius, but everyone has to take part.”

His profound comprehension of contemporary mutations, his enthusiasm for imagining new lifestyles, his determination to change the world, his devotion to positive degrowth, 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, hotels and restaurants that aspire to be wondrous, stimulating and intensely vibrant places, Starck never ceases to push the boundaries and criteria of contemporary design.

Smart thermostats, electric bikes, or an innovative and ecological wooden prefabricated house, space habitation modules - soon to be followed by solar boats; his technological miracles are vectors of democratic ecology, focused on action and a respect for the future of both humans and nature. Predicting the phenomena of convergence and dematerialization, Philippe Starck has always devised objects that demand the most from the least. The solutions provided by his dreams are so vital, so essential that he was the first Frenchman to be invited to the legendary TED conferences.

Inventor, creator, architect, designer, artistic director, Philippe Starck is all of the above, but above all he is a man of honesty, in the purest tradition of the Renaissance artists.