April 19, 2024

NASA Selects Axiom Space for Second Private Astronaut Mission to Space Station

NASA assessed the objective proposal based upon Axioms ability to execute it effectively, NASAs capability to support it, and its contribution to the agencys objective and goal of low-Earth orbit commercialization. This mission undergoes NASAs upgraded pricing policy for personal astronaut missions, which reflects the complete worth of costs to the company that are above spaceport station baseline abilities.
Development continues toward NASA and Axioms first personal astronaut objective to the area station, Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1), which is scheduled to launch no earlier than Feb. 21, 2022. Axioms proposed crew members still are finishing final evaluations by NASA and its international partners.
The company did not select for a 3rd private astronaut objective from its June 2021 research study statement. NASA will gather lessons discovered from the first personal astronaut flight in addition to other appropriate station activities and reveal a brand-new flight opportunity in the future.

The International Space Station is imagined from the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour during a fly around of the orbiting lab that occurred following its undocking from the Harmony modules space-facing port on November 8, 2021. Credit: NASA
NASA has actually picked Axiom Space for the second personal astronaut objective to the International Space Station. NASA will work out with Axiom on an objective order agreement for the Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2) targeted to introduce between fall 2022 and late spring 2023.
Ax-2 will introduce from NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a mission of no greater than 14 days docked to the space station. NASA and Axiom will negotiate in-orbit activities for the private astronauts to carry out in coordination with space station crew members and flight controllers on the ground. The Ax-2 mission concept consists of clinical research study and outreach activities.
NASA and its international partners will evaluate personal astronauts choices proposed by Axiom for the Ax-2 mission, as is standard for any area station crew. The proposed team members would go through NASA medical credentials screening to be approved for flight.

By NASA
December 15, 2021

Ax-2 will introduce from NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a mission of no more than 14 days docked to the area station. NASA and Axiom will negotiate in-orbit activities for the private astronauts to conduct in coordination with area station team members and flight controllers on the ground. The Ax-2 objective principle consists of clinical research study and outreach activities.