Axiom Cam elite living africaThe first launch will take place in 2020. (Photo: Axiom Space)Axiom Space makes personal access to space broadly available

Axiom Space is offering expeditions to space aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and the Axiom commercial space station complex. Ten-day missions are priced at US$55mn with the first launch occurring in 2020.

The price includes transportation to and from the ISS, everything necessary to live and enjoy the experience while on orbit, and a 15-week, transformational training experience. Training is to current spaceflight standards and will be conducted side-by-side with national astronauts.

Axiom’s aim is for some of the most influential people on the planet to participate in science, industry and the arts on-orbit, while experiencing the ‘overview effect’ of seeing our fragile planet and all of humanity as a single unit. These pioneering influencers and their related philanthropic entities will benefit from this perspective-altering, holistic view of Earth and its inhabitants and make world-changing choices that will benefit us all.

“It is an honour to continue the work that NASA and its partners have begun, to bring awareness to the profound benefits of human space exploration and to involve more countries and private citizens in these endeavors,” said Michael Suffredini, CEO and President of Axiom Space. 

The Axiom corporate mission is to increase access to space, provide a robust user experience, generate space commerce and develop products for large markets on Earth, ranging from turbine blades to fiber optics to bio-printing and much more. The new station habitation spaces, including the crew quarters, dining area and galley, are being designed in partnership with Philippe Starck, an architect and designer renowned for forward thinking, experiential design and sophistication. 

"This is a dream project for a creator like me with a genuine fascination for aviation and space exploration," said Philippe Starck. "The greatest human intelligence in the world focuses on space research. My vision for the Habitation Module on Axiom Station is to create a comfortable egg that is inviting with soft walls and a design perfectly in harmony with the values and movements of the human body in zero gravity."