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Old 2nd Sep 2023, 08:12
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SpaceX Space Station

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Per documents from NASA’s CSCC2, SpaceX has plans to operate a space station in low Earth orbit derived from their Starship spacecraft.

SpaceX claims Starship has a habitable volume of ~1000m^3 which is already greater than the entirety of the International Space Station.

However, SpaceX can greatly increase the habitable volume of Starship station by going down the Skylab route, converting Starship’s propellant tanks into habitable space for crew - in other words, the entirety of Starship would be habitable.

The Starship space station should be expected to become operational in the 2030s, as the CSCC2 document aims for an only preliminary design review of the station from SpaceX in 2028…..

Cool fact: the CSCC2 SAA's have listed near term planned Starship milestones such as:
- First Starship launch with payload Q1 2024
- Successful Starship Recovery Q3 2024
- Starship LEO crewed space station PDR Q4 2028​​​​​​​

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