- Press Release
- September 24, 2022
Spacehab and Energia Recognized for Innovative Design With Award for Enterprise Commercial Space Station Habitat
SPACEHAB, Inc. and its
strategic partner RSC-Energia of Korolev, Russia, have received a 2001 Design
& Engineering Award from Popular Mechanics magazine for their Enterprise(TM)
commercial space station habitat project.
Enterprise is a joint endeavor of
SPACEHAB, a leading provider of commercial space services, and RSC-Energia,
Russia’s largest aerospace company.
SPACEHAB Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Shelley A. Harrison and
RSC-Energia President Dr. Yury P. Semenov accepted the award for Enterprise.
Popular Mechanics Editor-in-Chief Joe Oldham and Science Editor Jim Wilson
presented the award to the two chief executives at a ceremony held in
SPACEHAB’s Washington headquarters on October 11.
Popular Mechanics, which has a readership of nine million, issues its
annual Design & Engineering Awards to recognize “innovation, invention and
exceptionally good ideas” in science and technology, according to Editor-in-
This awards program has become “one of the most prestigious
forms of recognition for achievement in design innovation.”
“SPACEHAB and Energia are pleased and proud that our Enterprise project —
which we view as a great leap forward for space technology and space commerce
— is receiving this kind of public recognition,” said SPACEHAB’s Dr.
Enterprise is designed to be attached to the Russian side of the
International Space Station (ISS).
It is scheduled for launch in early 2003.
One Enterprise feature that especially impressed the magazine’s editors, who
choose awardees, is the commercial broadcasting studio that will be installed
aboard the habitat.
This studio will be used to produce and distribute space-
based television and Internet programming.
In August, SPACEHAB subsidiary Space Media, Inc.?, formed a partnership
with RSC-Energia, called Enermedia LLC, to develop and market space-based
multimedia content for television broadcast and Internet distribution first
from the Russian service module Zvezda (which is now attached to the ISS) and
later from Enterprise, also using materials from Russian space program
Enterprise is one of only eight projects, chosen from among more than 600
nominees, receiving this award.
Popular Mechanics will report on Enterprise
and other winning projects for 2001 in its December issue.
At the ceremony, Dr. Harrison and Mr. Oldham also discussed their mutual
interest in the S*T*A*R*S® (Space Technology And Research Students) global
space education program started by SPACEHAB in 1999 and now managed by Space
Mr. Oldham indicated that more than a million of his magazine’s nine
million readers are under age 18.
Dr. Harrison pointed out that the S*T*A*R*S
program is designed to engage students in this age group, and the magazine’s
young readers are likely to be interested in getting involved in S*TA*R*S,
which enables students to design, develop, and launch space experiments.
Founded in 1984, with more than $100 million in annual revenue, SPACEHAB,
Inc., is a leading provider of commercial space services.
The company is the
first to develop, own, and operate habitat modules and cargo carriers
providing laboratory facilities and resupply capabilities aboard NASA’s Space
It also supports astronaut training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center
in Houston and builds space-flight trainers and mockups.
subsidiary provides commercial satellite processing services at facilities in
Florida and California in support of a range of expendable launch vehicles,
including Lockheed Martin’s Atlas and Boeing’s Delta and Sea Launch rockets.
SPACEHAB’s newest strategic growth initiative, Space Media, Inc. (SMI(TM), a
subsidiary), will bring space into homes and classrooms worldwide with
television and Internet broadcasting from the International Space Station.
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commercialization of new space assets, technological difficulties, product
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