Houston: Axiom Space to launch orbital data center

Dec 21, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Space infrastructure business Axiom Space has planned to develop an 'orbital data center.' The company is currently developing the world’s first commercial space station, which will initially be a part of the International Space Station, but is planned to separate and remain in orbit, once the ISS is decommissioned.

Jason Aspiotis, Axiom Space’s director of in-space infrastructure & logistics, said, “We will work to validate use cases at a sub scale and, at the same time, obtain flight heritage on the underlying data center hardware. Having a prototype on the ISS will serve as a building block toward the roughly half-cubic-meter sized data server rack we plan to launch by 2027.”

He added, “This is a pivotal moment for in-space data processing infrastructure and capabilities. The effort and collaboration with Kepler and Skyloom will help us realize our vision of building and operationalizing the world’s first orbital data center. The data center will provide unprecedented data storage and processing capacity in a commercial, scalable, and economical way.”