Private space station will use environmental control and survival systems manufactured by Collins

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But the number of structures in orbit with human capacity is likely to increase considerably over the next few years, their birth fueled by the success of the various companies that currently offer walks to the far reaches of space. The Russians will (probably) be building their own habitat in the near future, and a host of private companies will be doing the same in a short time.

To be fair, private space structures aren’t something I’ve personally taken seriously until this week. I mean, yeah, people are willing to pay a fortune to get to space, but it’s one thing to go up and down in a few minutes, and another to spend days in orbit, exposed to all kinds of dangers. . Moreover, building something is space is not really an easy task.

I said I started taking things seriously this week because after I came across the Collins Aerospace announcement that he was “Awarded $ 2.6 million contract to an undisclosed client” develop environmental control and survival systems for a ‘Privately owned and operated orbital outpost’, I realized that at least these guys, whoever they are, are serious.

The unknown company needs Collins systems to make habitats habitable, which include air revitalization, pressure control, cabin fans, heat exchangers, carbon dioxide removal, control traces of contaminants, valves, regulators and smoke detection. Also, “An active thermal control system to maintain optimal temperatures” should also be included in the package.

Collins does not say who the company paying for the contract is. Right now, several of these entities are considering a private space station for tourists, including Axiom, which describes itself as the world’s first commercial space station, and The Gateway Foundation, creator of the first artificial gravity space station.


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