Southern California Startup Unveils Plans for World's First Commercial Space Station
Vast Space LLC has unveiled its plans to launch the world's first commercial space station, called Haven-1.
The space station will initially function as an independent crewed space station and will be integrated into a larger VastSpace Station under development.
The scheduled launch date for Haven-1 is set for no earlier than August 2025, with a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
The first human spaceflight mission to Haven-1 will take place following the initial mission, Vast-1, transporting a crew of four on a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft.
Vast Space's aim is to establish the first-ever private space station in Earth orbit within just over 2 years.
Haven-1 will feature onboard WiFi, 1,000 watts of power and 24/7 communications.
It will boast a large window dome, and a capacity for up to 150 kilograms of preloaded cargo.
Vast's long-term objective is to develop a 100-meter multi-module spinning artificial gravity space station using SpaceX's Starship rocket, with NASA as the target customer.
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.