Aerospace organizations around the world, including axiom space, are coming up with new ideas for how people will research, research and do business in LEO when the International Space Station (ISS) retires later this decade. Regardless of what the next commercial space stations might look like, one thing is certain: mankind’s desire for scientific research and technological discoveries in orbit will continue.
Bandwidth is limited in orbit due to limited infrastructure: traditional computing resources are tied to the conditions of human spaceflight, while data transport routes meet competing requirements for operations and scientific tasks. This means that astronauts must send the collected data and images back to facilities on Earth for processing. While it’s only a minor problem in orbit over Earth, future exploration missions to Mars will face significantly longer delays due to the sheer volume of information that needs to travel there.