NASA taps startup Axiom Space for the first habitable commercial module for the Space Station

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NASA has selected Houston-based Axiom Space, a startup founded in 2016, to build the first commercial habitat module for the International Space Station (ISS). This module will be used as a destination for future commercial spaceflight missions, potentially housing experiments, technology development and more performed by commercial space travellers taking rides up to the ISS via human-rated spacecraft like the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing Starliner, once those start regular operational service.

Axiom Space was founded in 2016, and is led by co-founder and CEO Michael T. Suffredini, who previously acted as program manager for the ISS at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The company boasts a lot of ex-NASA talent on its small team, and eventually it plans to make its in-space modules the basis of its own private space station, after first attaching them to the ISS while it’s still operating. NASA has extended the planned service life of the ISS, but the plan of the agency’s current leadership is to eventually encourage private orbital labs and commercial facilities as an ultimate replacement.

In 2018, Axiom teamed up with designer Philippe Starck (yes, the same one who famously designed a luxury yacht for Apple founder Steve Jobs) to provide a look at what their future space station modules might look like, including crew quarters with interactive displays and a cupola that provides a breathtaking view of Earth and surrounding space.

This ISS module may not be a full-fledged private space station, but it is a step in NASA’s goal of further commercializing the existing space station and ultimately paving the way for more commercial activity in low-Earth orbit. Axiom’s mandate also includes providing “at least one habitable commercial module,” with the implication being that it might be awarded extensions to build more in future. Next up for the new partners is negotiating terms and price for a contract for the module, which will also include timeline for delivery.

Intel Announces Latest Attempt at Zombieload Patch Coming… ‘In the Near Future’

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Intel on Monday announced the third in a series of patches meant to address processor vulnerabilities. The latest is closely related to issues addressed in November known as ZombieLoad 2, or TSX Asynchronous Abort. A fix will be available in the near future, an advisory notice said.

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Byers manages 42-27 win over Frontier Academy

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Frontier Academy could not keep up with Holly, fall 42-27 on Saturday.

Frontier Academy was paced in scoring by Samantha Byerly who scored seven points, while also collecting three rebounds and three assists. Hailey Gesick helped by contributing six points.

Looking ahead to their next games, Frontier Academy will stay home and play University, while Byers will travel to play Calhan.

Byers has not reported any team or player statistics from this contest.

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Buena Vista prevails over Ellicott, 49-41

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Ellicott drops contest to Buena Vista in 49-41 defeat on Saturday.

Next up for each team, Buena Vista will play host to Colorado Springs Christian, while Ellicott will travel to play Salida.

No team or player statistics have been reported for this contest.

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Bayfield crushes Monte Vista in blowout win

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The Bayfield Wolverines easily handled the Monte Vista Pirates by a score of 46-24 on Saturday.

Both teams will stay at home in their next contest, with Bayfield hosting Durango and Monte Vista taking on Montezuma-Cortez.

No team or player statistics have been reported for this contest.

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Del Norte prevails in lopsided 62-24 win over Custer County

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The Del Norte Tigers easily defeated the Custer County Bobcats by a score of 62-24 on Saturday.

Kendra Parra lead Del Norte with 18 points scored, while also dishing out two assists. Kaeci Madrid and Kelci Madrid also had good performances contributing 14 points and nine points, respectively.

Looking ahead to their next games, Custer County will stay home and play Cripple Creek-Victor, while Del Norte will travel to play Sanford.

Custer County has not reported any team or player statistics from this contest.

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Weldon Valley prevails over Peetz, 37-25

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The Weldon Valley Warriors beat the Peetz Bulldogs by a score of 37-25 on Saturday.

Both teams will go on the road in their next contest, with Weldon Valley heading to play Two Roads Charter School and Peetz taking on Prairie.

No team or player statistics have been reported for this contest.

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Ouray drops game to Nucla, 32-16

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Ouray drops contest to Nucla in 32-16 loss on Saturday.

Both teams will go on the road in their next contest, with Nucla heading to play Dolores and Ouray taking on Paonia.

No team or player statistics have been reported for this contest.

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Framel leads Kit Carson to 39-26 win over Holly

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The Kit Carson Wildcats earned a win when they defeated the Holly Wildcats 39-26 on Saturday.

Stephanie Framel lead Kit Carson with 11 points scored while also recording six rebounds and one assist. Jordyn Weeks helped the effort by chipping in nine points, three rebounds, and three assists.

Looking ahead to their next games, Kit Carson will stay home and play Stratton/Liberty, while Holly will travel to play Swink.

Holly has not reported any team or player statistics from this contest.

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