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First-Ever Free Flying Commercial Space Station Includes Inflatable Habitat

The first-ever free flying commercial space station is to be developed it has been announced. Nanoracks, in collaboration with Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin, has formed a team for the project. The space station, known as Starlab, will be a continuously crewed commercial platform dedicated to conducting critical research, fostering industrial activity, and ensuring continued U.S. presence and leadership in low-Earth orbit. Starlab is expected to achieve initial operational capability by 2027. The basic elements of the Starlab space station include a large inflatable habitat, designed and built by Lockheed Martin, a metallic docking node, a power and propulsion element, a large robotic arm for servicing cargo and payloads and a state-of-the-art laboratory system.

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