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VAST will build the the Haven-1 space station with SpaceX

Collaborating on the VAST-1 mission to deliver cargo and crew to orbital facility

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Vast, a pioneer in space habitation technologies, is building Haven-1, the world’s first commercial space station. Scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to low-Earth orbit no earlier than August 2025, Haven-1 will initially act as an independent crewed space station prior to being connected as a module to a larger Vast space station currently in development. Vast-1, the first human spaceflight mission to Haven-1 on a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, will quickly follow the mission. The vehicle and its four-person crew will dock with Haven-1 for up to 30 days while orbiting Earth. Vast also secured an option with SpaceX for an additional human spaceflight mission to Haven-1.

Why is this relevant to VoxelMatters and 3D printing: mainly for two reasons. One is that Vast is now the mother company of Launcher, the startup founded by Max Haot that made intensive use of additive manufacturing to produce both rocket engines and space vehicles. The other is that the Haven-1 station will enable in-space manufacturing activities and thus will likely be using additive manufacturing on several levels.

VAST will build the the Haven-1 space station with SpaceX, collaborating on the VAST-1 mission to deliver cargo and crew to orbital facility

This also represents the first time in history that a commercial space station company has both a contracted launch for its space station and a visiting human spaceflight mission.

“Vast is thrilled to embark on this journey of launching the world’s first commercial space station, Haven-1, and its first crew, Vast-1,” said Jed McCaleb, CEO of Vast. “We are grateful to SpaceX for this exciting partnership representing the first steps in Vast’s long-term vision of launching much larger, artificial gravity space stations in Earth orbit and beyond.”

VAST will build the the Haven-1 space station with SpaceX, collaborating on the VAST-1 mission to deliver cargo and crew to orbital facility

Featuring compatible docking with the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, the Haven-1 station will extend the on-orbit duration of commercial Dragon spacecraft human spaceflight missions for up to 30 days for four astronauts, offering science, research, and in-space manufacturing opportunities. The facility will offer 1000 W of power, 24/7 communications, and up to 150 kg of pre-loaded cargo mass in Haven-1. Opportunities for lunar artificial gravity by spinning. The fully-independent space station will be providing life support functions and consumables for the full mission’s duration.

“A commercial rocket launching a commercial spacecraft with commercial astronauts to a commercial space station is the future of low-Earth orbit, and with Vast we’re taking another step toward making that future a reality,” said Tom Ochinero, Senior Vice President of Commercial Business at SpaceX. “The SpaceX team couldn’t be more excited to launch Vast’s Haven-1 and support their follow-on human spaceflight missions to the orbiting commercial space station.”

Vast’s long-term goal is to develop a 100-meter-long multi-module spinning artificial gravity space station launched by SpaceX’s Starship transportation system. In support of this, Vast will explore conducting the world’s first spinning artificial gravity experiment on a commercial space station with Haven-1.

Vast is selling up to four crewed seats on the inaugural mission to Haven-1. Expected customers include domestic and international space agencies and private individuals involved in science and philanthropic projects. SpaceX will also provide crew training on Falcon 9 and the Dragon spacecraft, emergency preparedness, spacesuit and spacecraft ingress and egress exercises, as well as partial and full mission simulations including docking and undocking with Haven-1 for return to Earth.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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