Voyager Space raises $80 million as it pursues development of private space station, Starlab • TechCrunch
Voyager Space, a company developing a private space station, raised $80.2 million in new capital. The new funding comes as Voyager continues to develop the station, Starlab, which is undoubtedly a capital-intensive business.
The funding includes participation from NewSpace Capital, Midway Venture Partners and Industrious Ventures, according to filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and other documents seen by TechCrunch. Seraphim Space also participated, TechCrunch confirmed. The funding was filed with the SEC on January 27.
In October 2021, Voyager announced that it was developing “Starlab”, a fully private space station, in partnership with Nanoracks (which is majority owned by Voyager) and Lockheed Martin. The project, which is not the only private station currently in development, responds in part to the imminent retirement of the International Space Station by the end of the decade.
NASA has already provided much of the funding for Voyager, as well as two separate projects led by Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman. Starlab has received $160 million to further develop its plans under the agency’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) commercial destinations program. In a recent report, the NASA Inspector General’s Office said a habitable station in LEO was essential to conduct the research needed to support human exploration missions to the Moon and Mars.
TechCrunch has reached out to Voyager Space for comment and will update the story if they respond.