The Axiom space station, with the circular SEE-1 module attached, is seen in an artist’s rendition.
The producers of Tom Cruise’s upcoming space movie announced plans Thursday to attach a studio to the International Space Station being developed by Houston-based company Axiom.
British studio Space Entertainment Enterprise, co-founded by producers Elena and Dmitry Lesnevsky, contracted Axiom to build the module. Called SEE-1, the module would be “the world’s first content and entertainment studios and multipurpose arena in space.”
SEE-1 is scheduled for launch in December 2024. It will be attached to the first Axiom module that the company plans to connect to its space station in September 2024.
“The addition of a dedicated entertainment venue to Axiom Station’s business capabilities in the form of SEE-1 will expand the station’s usefulness as a platform for a global user base and highlight the “range of opportunities that the new space economy presents,” said Axiom CEO Michael Suffredini. said in a statement.
A Space Entertainment Enterprise (SEE) spokesperson said in an email to CNBC that the company is “in production on the next Tom Cruise movie, which will be shot in space.” Cruise has yet to publicly comment on the space movie, but NASA announced in 2020 that the agency was working with the actor on the film.
Financial details of the studio’s deal with Axiom were not disclosed, and little is known about Cruise’s unnamed project, including how much it will cost.
“The company is currently in discussions with investors and business partners on the project with further fundraising expected soon,” Space Entertainment Enterprise said in a press release.
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The SEE-1 module is an inflatable module, according to Axiom, which will have a diameter of almost 20 feet. The use of inflatable modules is an increasingly popular approach by private companies developing space stations to build large living spaces, due to the advantage of launching into a smaller form factor and then expanding. to a greater volume once in space.
Defunct space company Bigelow Aerospace connected its inflatable BEAM module to the International Space Station in 2016, which NASA continues to use for cargo storage in the research lab.
Axiom previously won a $140 million contract with NASA to attach its first habitable module to the ISS. The company then plans to detach its modules before removal from the ISS, to create the free-flight Axiom Station.
Artist’s rendering of the company’s space station in orbit.