Could the International Space Station (ISS) become a venue for large motion pictures? It looks like the orbital lab, which costs hundreds of billions of dollars to build and maintain, is about to serve that role.
Recently, NASA and its international partners have celebrated the 20th anniversary of human occupation of the orbital laboratory called the International Space Station. To illustrate how remarkable a feat is, a baby born the year Expedition One on the ISS at that time was being built will be in college.
The benefits ISS reap in science, technology, and commercial space travel are well known. Indeed, while the space station was a controversial issue in the early 1990s and only a single vote has been canceled, the orbital lab is now so appreciated that the question is not when the program ends which is how long it will be active. The consensus seems to be that the ISS will continue at least until 2028, which many engineers believe is the outer limit of its useful life.
NASA Administrator Jim BridenstineJames (Jim) Frederick Bridenstine Case for NASA Bride Post-Election Day For Sale: Moon Mark Kelly’s Perspective on the Space Force, NASA’s Artemis return to the moon mattered MORE has proposed converting to commercially built and operated space stations where the space agency will be the anchor tenant. According to Space.com, a proposal for an ISS successor is in development by Axiom Space. Axiom will attach commercial modules to the ISS starting in 2024. Eventually, when the ISS is shut down, Axiom will switch to its own free-flying space station, where NASA and other customers will lease. time. The company also plans to arrange travel flights on SpaceX Crew Dragon starting in late 2021.
The ISS will soon play a role that President Ronald Reagan had not imagined when he first proposed building an orbital laboratory in the mid-80s. Soon, if the plans came to fruition. In fact, the ISS will become a remote locator site for striking motion pictures. The irony of reality is that Reagan started his life as a movie actor.
According to Deadline, Tom Cruise is planning a movie that will partially be filmed aboard the ISS. Currently there is no detailed information about the movie content. SpaceX’s Elon MuskElon Reeve Musk: Blue Origin takes a small step towards becoming a competitor to SpaceX Virgin Hyperloop to build a new certification center in West Virginia SpaceX has been awarded the contract to build US military tracking satellite MORE is involved, so maybe Cruise and a small filming crew will board the ISS aboard the Crew Dragon. Bridenstine has implicitly blessed the project. The film will be directed by Doug Liman, who worked with Cruise on “American Made” and “Edge of Tomorrow”.
Not to be outdone, the Russians are planning to make their own feature films on the ISS. The Russian film will be titled “The Challenge”. Little is known about the Russian project except that it will feature a woman as the main character. The film is being supported by the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
The first film to be shot on the International Space Station was an eight-minute short titled “The Apostle of Fear” produced by Richard Garriott, who spent millions of dollars he earned to Create computer games to pay for a space travel. Orbital laboratory. Garriott used the ISS crew members as the actors for the movie.
Space adventures have been a major hit for the big screen for decades. The classics include “Destination Moon”, “Forbidden Planet”, “2001: Adventures in Space” and more recently “Martian”. None of these films were filmed in locations, and they depend on special effects to create the illusion of being in space. That fact could change.
When one thinks of the commercialization of space, the creation of goods and services is only possible in microgravity. The oldest space-related product that predates space travel, however, is high-set movies and TV shows. The natural thing is, as soon as it’s affordable, those types of projects will be partially implemented where they are intended.
Perhaps one way a commercial space station or a future moon base could be self-financed would be used as a studio and setting. Films, TV shows, documentaries, and even virtual reality experiences can be produced and then transmitted back to Earth at low cost. Therefore, space entertainment will partially merge with spatial reality.
Mark Whittington, who regularly writes about space and politics, has published a political study on space exploration titled Why is it difficult to return to the moon? as well as “The Moon, Mars and Beyond.” He’s blogging at Curmudgeons Corner. He is published in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Hill, USA Today, LA Times and Washington Post, among other venues.