SpaceX will soon send Axiom Space’s first crewed spaceflight. The upcoming space mission will launch four private astronauts.
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This handout image supplied by the European Space Agency (ESA), shows a view of The Palms, Dubai as the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft psses below, in an image taken by ESA astronaut Tim Peake from the International Space Station on April 10, 2016. ESA astronaut Tim Peake is performing more than 30 scientific experiments.
“We are taking the first step in a next-generation platform initiative that’s going to bring working, living, and research in space to a much broader and more international audience,” said Axiom Vice President Michael Lopez-Alegria, who is also a retired NASA astronaut.
We are opening a new era in human spaceflight. We are taking the first step in a next generation platform initiative that’s going to bring working, living, and research in space to a much broader and more international audience. #Ax1
— Michael L-A (@CommanderMLA) April 1, 2022
Lopez-Alegria added that they will start a new human spaceflight era.
SpaceX To Send Axiom Space’s Ax-1 Crew
According to Space.Com‘s latest report, there will be a total of four astronauts that the upcoming Ax-1 spaceflight will launch. Now, here are the passengers of the first Axiom Space crewed mission:
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The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket sits on launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center as it is prepared for tomorrow’s lift-off on February 5, 2018 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket, which is the most powerful rocket in the world, is scheduled to make its maiden flight between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Connor is the Ax-1 pilot. He is an experienced astronaut who has already won five aerobatic competitions. He even participated in some U.S. National Aerobatic Championships.
Mark Pathy, the current CEO of MARVIK, a sustainable investment company, will be the Ax-1 mission specialist. Aside from this, he is also the chair of the board of Stingray Group.
Stibbe is another mission specialist for the upcoming Ax-1 spaceflight. He recently worked as a fighter pilot for the Israel Air Force. Thanks to his expertise, he can now reach outer space.
Lopez-Alegria is the Ax-1 commander. He is a well-experienced NASA astronaut that already flown in various space missions, such as the recent ISS Expedition 14. On the other hand, he also holds the record for most spacewalks performed at the International Space Station.
Ax-1’s Launch Date and Other Details
Forbes reported that the upcoming Axiom Space Ax-1 mission is expected to happen on Wednesday, Apr. 6. The upcoming spaceflight was already delayed since it was originally set to happen last Apr. 3.
On the other hand, you can watch the space agency’s official live stream via its website. The broadcast is expected to start exactly at 8:40 a.m. on Apr. 6.
When it comes to price, each of the private astronauts paid Axiom Space $55 million for their seats.
On Mar. 22, Starlink’s prices increased, and Elon Musk said that the worsening inflation rate was to blame.
Meanwhile, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 will be used by OneWeb to send its satellites.
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