Space Travel Just Got Easier: SpaceX is Setting Up a Commercial Space Station
Last month, SpaceX embarked on a mission to set a new world record. Now, the company is gearing up to construct the world’s first-ever commercial space station. In partnership with Vast, a Los Angeles-based company, SpaceX is poised to revolutionize space travel and habitation. Here are the details…Soon after the launch of Haven-1, it will be joined by a larger module, named Vast-1. This will be followed by a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying a team of four astronauts. This team is expected to live and work on the main station for about a month before making their return journey to Earth aboard the Crew Dragon capsule.
Tom Ochinero, a SpaceX executive, voiced his enthusiasm for the project. “We’re using a commercial rocket to launch a commercial spacecraft, housing commercial astronauts, to a commercial space station. We’re working hand in hand with Vast on this revolutionary project, which we believe represents the future of low Earth orbit,” he stated.Vast, established in 2021 as a pioneer in space settlement technologies, plans to sell all four seats on the maiden voyage. The company anticipates a diverse clientele, ranging from individuals affiliated with local and international space agency projects to private investors. However, the pricing details for this venture have yet to be disclosed.
In preparation for the mission, SpaceX will train the four crew members for the Crew Dragon flight aboard Falcon 9, as well as for their subsequent return journey inside the spacecraft. With the decommissioning of the ISS scheduled for 2031, private enterprises like SpaceX are stepping up, planning to launch their own stations to ensure the continuity of human life and work in low Earth orbit.