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Saber Astronautics brings Australians to the ISS laboratory

Paris/ Sydney, 25 November 2021. – Saber Astronautics wants to bring Australians to the International Space Station (ISS) to do scientific research, the space mission operator said.

Saber Astronautics said it has signed a deal with private spaceflight leader Axiom Space to bring Australians and Australian industry to the station’s orbiting microgravity laboratory and work on a new generation of space-developed products for human health, materials, electronics, and cleantech, the company said.

Saber Astronautics owns and operates the Responsive Space Operations Centre (RSOC) in Adelaide and Colorado.  Adelaide received $6 million funding from the Australian Space Agency’s Space Infrastructure Fund last year. “Supporting astronauts is a long-term goal of Saber’s RSOC program accelerated by the agreement with Axiom,” Saber said.

Axiom invests in a commercial space station and private access to the ISS. The U.S. space agency NASA works with Axiom to add private modules to the ISS which are planned to detach later and become a new station, succeeding the 20 year old ISS. NASA and Axiom also want to launch a private astronaut mission to the ISS in February 2022.

 

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