Axiom made news this year when it sent its first space tourists into orbit. Axiom is a commercial spaceflight company that hopes to build its own space station in the next few years. It also plans human spaceflight for government-funded and commercial astronauts engaging in in-space research, in-space manufacturing, and space exploration.
The country’s leading provider of advanced space technology, MDA Ltd, announced its first commercial sale of the Canadarm3 technology. The buyer Axiom Space. The contract is for the delivery of 32 external robotic interfaces for Axiom Space’s Axiom Station which is now under construction and on schedule to be the world’s first commercial space station in orbit.
The MDA technology destined for Axiom Station includes commercial variants of Canadarm3 interfaces destined for the Artemis Gateway. It will be provide opportunities for commercial users in the competitive marketplace space technology is rapidly adapting to for private and commercial use.
Greenley went on to say, “As the global space economy continues to accelerate, there is increasing demand for a wide variety of space robotics designed to fulfill all kinds of objectives – and MDA is uniquely positioned to capitalize on this opportunity. Today’s announcement is just the beginning of this journey, and yet another proof point that MDA can meet the growing needs of space companies around the world.”
The MDA interfaces aboard Axiom’s space station will also include those that allow the existing Canadarm2 on the International Space Station (ISS) to build and assemble the new Axiom Station. Once that stage is complete, MDA’s Canadarm3 interfaces will act as permanent robotic system fixture points on the outside of Axiom Station, forming the foundation for future robotic arm integration and utilization once it separates from the ISS and operates independently.
Built and operated through private sector funds, Axiom Station will initially be attached to the ISS and will separate from the ISS before NASA decommissions the ISS at the end of the decade. Axiom Station will serve as a global research and commercial hub establishing a robust and competitive economy in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). It will be used for a variety of activities, including in-space manufacturing, human spaceflight missions to LEO, and deep space exploration.