BUILDING BIGGER: 54 HUMANS IN ONE 8-METER GRAVITICS SPACE STATION MODULE

Credit: Gravitics

Marysville, WA - January 24th, 2024 - Gravitics, Inc., an aerospace manufacturing company, demonstrated that it can fit 54 people, with room to spare, inside its 8-meter “StarMax” module mockup. The exhibit, a 1:1 scale space station module cutaway, is a tangible example of Gravitics’ vision for large and efficient space environments. The 8-meter mockup enables engineers, businesses, and researchers to plan for and visualize new opportunities for valuable activity in space.

A single Gravitics 8-meter module provides roughly half of the entire usable volume of the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS spans 109-meters and is currently operating with 16 pressurized modules that can support a crew of up to 7 astronauts for long-duration missions. The Gravitics 8-meter module illustrates why it will become a key building block for the next generation of space stations, holding 54 people within its hull only using “ground floor” volume.

While Gravitics continues to push the boundaries of space station development, the company remains committed to working together with the community and industry partners to ensure a sustainable and collaborative future both on and off Earth. As a part of these efforts, Gravitics regularly hosts visitors at their spacecraft design and manufacturing facility in Washington state.

Notable recent visitors include Congressman Rick Larsen, Deputy Associate Administrator of NASA Casey Swails, White House Space Policy Leaders, and additional representatives from Congress, Washington State, aerospace advocacy groups, and numerous prominent commercial space companies. Thank you to all visitors for helping support a commercial space station enabled future.

Source: Gravitics Inc.

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This article was published by FutureSpaceFlight founder and chief editor Kris Christiaens. Kris Christiaens has been passionate and fascinated by spaceflight and space exploration all his life and has written hundreds of articles on space projects, the commercial space industry and space missions over the past 20 years for magazines, books and websites. In late 2021, he founded the website FutureSpaceFlight with the goal of promoting new space companies and commercial space projects and compiling news of these start-ups and companies on one website.