Spacehab and Energiya Announce Commercial Module for ISS

According to a press release by Spacehab an agreement has been signed with RSC Energia of Korolev, Russia, "to establish the first permanent commercial presence in space. Spacehab and Energia will build a pressurized module, named Enterprise, which will be attached to the International Space Station (ISS)."

"The new pressurized space module Enterprise, which will be attached to the Russian portion of the ISS, will house a broadcast station and a research laboratory in which company-sponsored microgravity experiments targeting new biotech and advanced materials products and processes will be conducted. Spacehab officials estimate that it will cost approximately $100 million to develop Enterprise and establish the space media company. Spacehab will raise private financing for its portion of this endeavor. Energia will construct Enterprise and coordinate with the Russian Space Agency (RSA). RSA will provide launch services and other resources to the enterprise."

° Larger Image of Enterprise, Enterprise docked to ISS
° Spacehab press release
° MSNBC Coverage
° Spacehab
° Energiya, Ltd


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