Axiom Space was founded in 2016 by Kam Ghaffarian and Michael Suffredini. While the company has not released specific plans to pursue an IPO, CEO Suffredini said that his team will return to the conversation of "public-versus-private" the next time they raise capital. These comments should not be interpreted to mean that the company is formally pursuing or foregoing an IPO.
Axiom is a Houston-based aerospace company that has plans to offer commercial trips to the International Space Station and is currently developing the first commercial space station. The company has partnered with fellow aerospace innovators SpaceX for a number of projects. In 2020, NASA awarded Axiom with a contract to develop and build a habitable spacecraft module for the ISS. The company has raised $150 million in venture capital funding from investors including C5 Capital, TQS Advisors, The Venture Collective, Starbridge, and SharesPost Investment Management. Suffredini has not disclosed specific valuation figures, but has said that Axiom's valuation is "well past" $1 billion.