HOUSTON – The future of low-Earth orbit and human spaceflight in Space City has a new base of operations as Axiom Space broke ground on a new headquarters in Houston on Wednesday.
The headquarters, located at Ellington Airport, will be where the aerospace company will train private astronauts and begin production of its Axiom Station, which is the world’s first free-flying, internationally available, private space station that will serve as humanity’s space for research, manufacturing and commerce in low Earth orbit.
“From this Axiom Space headquarters campus, we will continue the progress in space that will revolutionize life back home,” Axiom Space President & CEO Michael Suffredini said. “We are proud to be an anchor tenant of the Houston Spaceport and ensure the future of human spaceflight and the space economy is centered in the city where it all began.”
Houston’s leadership in the Apollo, Space Shuttle, and ISS programs earned its title as Space City, the home of human spaceflight.
Now, Axiom Space is adding a new accolade to Space City, for the first time in the city’s history, it will be home to the development and construction of human-rated spacecraft, thanks to Axiom Stations modules, which will be outfitted and assembled at Axiom’s facility at the Spaceport.
“These are historically exciting times for us all. As the city that helped put men on the moon, Houston continues to lead the way in technology and innovation,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Axiom Space has set itself apart from others in the private space industry. Our city – Space City - couldn’t be prouder for our own Houston Spaceport to serve as home base for such momentous commercial and academic advancement.”