It will be a kind of house, or rather a hotel, of the future in space. And there will be a double French paste: that of Thales, which now has solid expertise in the design of space modules, and that of French designer Philippe Starck, who was in charge of interior design.
The project is part of the mission entrusted by NASA to the American start-up Axiom to develop two key modules for the future private space station, which will see the light of day in 2024. Thales associated with the Italian Leonardo, within the Thales Alenia Space (TAS) joint venture, was chosen by Axiom to produce these modules.
The set will contain a total of eight individual berths, resembling padded cocoons, comfortable and very luxurious, inevitably reminiscent of the film 2001 the Space Odyssey. In each cabin, there will be a high-speed communication system to Earth and above all a porthole with a breathtaking view of our planet.
There will also be an observation dome, a sort of 360-degree glass bubble, allowing astronauts and tourists to observe Earth and space in exceptional conditions. Without doubt the most fantastic observatory ever built for space to admire the most beautiful panorama of the galaxy.
These new modules will be docked at the International Station (ISS) in 2024. Later, in 2030, when the ISS reaches the end of their life, they will detach and become self-sufficient. These modules will then function as a full-fledged space station in free flight. Their use will be marketed. We should be able to take our ticket for a weekend in space around 2024/2025 …