Starlab: A Crewed Commercial Space Station Planned Commence Operation in 2027

Starlab-design

Lockheed Martin , Voyager, and Nnorack have combined effort to develop the first of it kind free-flying commercial space station. The space station which is known as Starlab is expected to commence its first operational movement in 2027.

There is plan by NASA to retire the International Space Station (ISS) by 2030.  For U.S. to maintain its position, the U.S space agency is contracting private firms to build new stations in orbit before 2030 under its Commercial LEO Destinations project. Starlab is one of new space station, which is a continuous screwed commercial platform with the responsibility of conducting critical research, improving industrial activities, and making sure that the U.S. presence and leadership in low-Earth orbit is not affected.

Starlab Features

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Starlab is specifically designed to enable the growing space economy and meet pent-up customer demand for space services such as materials research, plant growth, and astronaut activity.

The main structure of the Starlab space station consists of a large inflatable habitat to be built by Lockheed Martin and a metallic docking node. The station features a 60 kW power and propulsion element, a large robotic arm for servicing cargo and payloads, and a state-of-the-art laboratory system to host comprehensive research, science, and manufacturing capability. Starlab will have a volume of 340 m3 (cubic meter), and its regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) will be able to continuously host up to four astronauts plus visitors for conducting critical science and research.

“We’re excited to be part of such an innovative and capable team—one that allows each company to leverage their core strengths,” said Lisa Callahan, vice president, and general manager, Commercial Civil Space at Lockheed Martin. “Lockheed Martin’s extensive experience in building complex spacecraft and systems, coupled with Nanoracks’ commercial business innovation and Voyager’s financial expertise, allows our team to create a customer-focused space station that will fuel our future vision. We have invested significantly in habitat technology, enabling us to propose a cost-effective, mission-driven spacecraft design for Starlab.”

 

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