The first baby could be born in space within the next 12 years, an expert has said.
Dr Egbert Edelbroek, founder and chief executive of SpaceBorn United, said the company is designing missions where pregnant women can give birth in orbit.
The aim is not for the whole pregnancy to take place in space, but instead a 24- to 36-hour mission for the labour.
Speaking at the first Space and Science Congress of Asgardia the Space Nation, in Darmstadt, Germany, Dr Edelbroek said he thought this would happen by 2031.
"This is only possible, for now, in lower Earth orbit, and it is only possible thanks to a very thorough selection procedure," he said.
The congress heard some of the requirements for participant expectant mothers and medical staff. These would include having experience of two flawless previous deliveries, and a high natural radiation resistance.
"You can induce the labour process like they do in IVF clinics on a daily basis," Dr Edelbroek added.
"Planning is, of course, an issue - it is hard to plan a natural process like this if there is something wrong with the weather, or a delay with the launch.
"We could never work with just one pregnant woman. We would have maybe 30 participants.
"But the experts that we work with, they believe, and I believe, that this is possible at a lower risk level than an average Western-style delivery on Earth."