Plans to launch the world’s first commercial space station called Haven-1 have been unveiled by Southern California aerospace startup Vast Space LL.C. Initially functioning as an independent crewed space station, Haven-1 will be integrated into a larger VastSpace Station under development.
With a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the payload to low-EEarth orbit,the scheduled launch date for Haven-1 is set for no earlier than August 2025. The first human space flight mission to Haven-1 will take place following the initial mission, Vast-1, transporting a crew of four on a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft.
The aim of Vast Space is to establish the first-ever private space station in Earth orbit within just over 2 years. Based in California, Vast Space has partnered with SpaceX for the launch of Haven 1 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. With the crew traveling in a SpaceX Dragon capsule,the subsequent mission, Vast-1, will also utilize a Falcon 9 rocket.
Jed McCaleb, Vast CEO,expressed excitement about launching Haven-1 and the first crew, Vast-1, while emphasizing the long-term vision of larger space stations and artificial gravity habitats. An option has been secured by Vast Space with SpaceX for an additional human spaceflight mission to Haven-1.
Onboard WiFi, 1,000 watts of power, 24/7 communications, a large window dome, and a capacity for up to 150 kilograms of preloaded cargo will be featured by Haven-1. Jed McCaleb, the CEO of Vast Space, explained that Haven-1 represents the company’s goal of creating a safe haven for humans in space.
The roadmap of Vast highlights the importance of artificial gravity habitats for human expansion into the spear system and beyond. The world’s first spinning artificial gravity experiment on Haven-1 will be conducted by the company as part of its larger goals. The plan for Vast is to operate a 100-meter-long multi-module spinning artificial gravity space station using SpaceX’s Starship transportation system.
Up to four seats are being offered by Vast on the Vast-1 mission, with astronaut training and other services provided by SpaceX. Designed to be incorporated as a module into a larger space station, Haven-1 is part of a broader effort to establish private outposts in space. Another company, Axiom Space, plans to launch modules to the International Space Station and eventually detach them to create a free-flying outpost.
Contracts to private teams to develop commercial stations in low Earth orbit before the retirement of the ISS in 2030 have been awarded by NASA. The partnership of Vast with SpaceX is crucial in aligning the design of Haven-1 with the capabilities of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft.
The aim of Vast’s leaders is to create a quick and simple development process to ensure the creation of the world’s first commercial space station. The pricing plan of Vast-1 is expected to be reasonable and will cater to domestic and international space agencies as well as private individuals involved in scientific and philanthropic projects.
Providing increased collision avoidance capabilities and easier emergency escape options, Haven-1 will launch to a higher altitude than the ISS. Headquartered in Long Beach, Vast has a dedicated facility and a team of 140 members for the construction of Haven-1. Vast Space’s long-term objective is to develop a 100-meter multi-module spinning artificial gravity space station using SpaceX’s Starship rocket, with NA SA as the target customer.