The Axiom area station, with the round SEE-1 module hooked up, is seen in an artist’s rendition.
The producers of Tom Cruise’s future area film on Thursday introduced plans to connect a studio to the Worldwide Area Station in growth by Houston-based firm Axiom.
U.Ok.-based studio Area Leisure Enterprise, co-founded by producers Elena and Dmitry Lesnevsky, contracted Axiom to construct the module. Known as SEE-1, the module can be “the world’s ﬁrst content material and leisure studios and multipurpose area in area.”
SEE-1 is scheduled to launch in December 2024. It should connect to Axiom’s first module that the corporate plans to hook up with its area station in September 2024.
“Including a devoted leisure venue to Axiom Station’s industrial capabilities within the type of SEE-1 will increase the station’s utility as a platform for a worldwide person base and spotlight the vary of alternatives the brand new area economic system affords,” Axiom president and CEO Michael Suffredini stated in an announcement.
A Area Leisure Enterprise (SEE) spokesperson stated in an e-mail to CNBC that the corporate is “in manufacturing on the upcoming Tom Cruise film, which can be filmed in area.” Cruise has but to remark publicly on the area movie, however NASA announced in 2020 that the agency is working with the actor on the film.
Monetary particulars of the studio’s contract with Axiom weren’t disclosed, and little is thought about Cruise’s unnamed undertaking — together with how a lot it should price.
“The corporate is at the moment in discussions with buyers and industrial companions on the undertaking with an extra fundraising spherical deliberate shortly,” Area Leisure Enterprise stated in a press launch.
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The SEE-1 module is an inflatable module, in response to Axiom, which can have a diameter of practically 20 ft. Utilizing inflatable modules is an more and more common method of personal corporations creating area stations to construct giant dwelling areas, because of the benefit of launching in a smaller kind issue after which increasing to a larger quantity as soon as in area.
Defunct area firm Bigelow Aerospace linked its inflatable BEAM module to the Worldwide Area Station in 2016, which NASA continues to make use of for cargo storage on the analysis laboratory.
Axiom beforehand gained a $140 million NASA contract to connect its first liveable module to the ISS. The corporate then plans to detach its modules earlier than the ISS retires, to create the free-flying Axiom Station.
A artist’s illustration of the corporate’s area station in orbit.