Peggy Whitson is back! The record-breaking astronaut reveals why she chose to command a private space mission after leaving NASA.
Record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson will return to space to command a commercial mission for Texas-based Axiom Space, three years after her retirement from NASA in 2018.space.com
Private spaceflight specialist Axiom Space raises $130 million, becoming the latest space unicorn
Axiom SpaceHouston-based Axiom Space is going full tilt into scaling production of private space stations, while also flying paying passengers on trips to orbit, with the company announcing $130 million in a new round of funding on Tuesday. Axiom's private astronaut missionsCrew Dragon spacecraft "Resilience" approaches the International Space Station in orbit. "Lots of companies are building rides to space, but where are they going to go, especially when the International Space Station retires?" First step: Connecting to the ISSAn illustration of three of the company's modules connected to the International Space Station. Axiom Spacecnbc.com
Axiom Space pilot on plans for the first private crew to fly to space station
Axiom Space pilot on plans for the first private crew to fly to space station Axiom Space hopes to send the first flight of private citizens to the International Space Station in 2022. Entrepreneur and nonprofit activist investor Larry Connor, who will serve as the pilot for the historic mission, joined CBSN to discuss what he's trying to accomplish with this trip.cbsnews.com
Meet the people paying a reported $55 million to fly on the first private mission to the space station
Sometime in 2022, Axiom Space hopes to send the first flight of private citizens to the International Space Station — and now, we know who those people are. According to The Washington Post, Axiom Space is charging $55 million per ticket. Axiom Space plans to build its own privately-funded space station to one day replace the International Space Station. Axiom Space said it is working with NASA to finalize an agreement to enable private astronaut missions, including Ax-1. The contract also calls for the eventual development of a stand-alone space station.cbsnews.com
Wealthy international crew forks over millions to fly Crew Dragon to space station
Image credit: AxiomCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A group of uber-rich international businessmen will fly in a SpaceX Crew Dragon to the International Space Station, launching from Florida within a year, Axiom Space revealed Tuesday. SpaceX made history last year, becoming the first private company to fly NASA astronauts to the space station, returning human spaceflight operations from Florida’s Space Coast. The company said in a tweet, “We are in conversation with numerous private astronaut prospects of all backgrounds at all times. In addition to private spaceflight for paying customers, Axiom plans to build a private space station that will first be attached to the current International Space Station. Nearly one year ago, NASA revealed Axiom Space had been awarded access to the space station’s Node 2 Forward port to begin building its commercial space station.
Axiom Space unveils two investors will fly on the first fully-private SpaceX crew mission to the ISS
NASAA pair of investors are joining the first fully-private flight to the International Space Station — not as financial backers, but as the passengers flying along. Elon Musk's company is scheduled to launch the all-private crew no earlier than January 2022, using a Crew Dragon capsule to carry them to the space station. NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 crew members seated in the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft during training. SpaceXAX-1 is expected to use SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft "Resilience" after it returns from its current Crew-1 mission. An expensive endeavorThe uncrewed SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft at the International Space Station with its nose cone open revealing its docking mechanism while approaching the station.cnbc.com
Axiom Space names first private crew to launch to space station
Axiom Space on Tuesday (Jan. 26) revealed its clients for its first privately-funded and operated mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Related: Axiom Space picks Thales Alenia to build commercial space station modulesLopez-Alegria, who retired from NASA in 2012 and is now a vice president at Axiom, will command the 10-day Ax-1 mission. Depending on other activities scheduled at the space station, the Ax-1 mission could launch as soon as January 2022. Axiom Space , founded by NASA's former space station program manager Michael Suffredini, will arrange for the training and oversee in-flight operations for the Ax-1 crew, with Lopez-Alegria serving as the company's representative while in space. The Axiom Segment will serve as a testbed for the company's planned free-flying Axiom Station.space.com
Israeli fighter pilot to be part of SpaceX's private flight for Axiom next year
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — Former Israeli fighter pilot Eytan Stibbe is the second member of the all-private crew that SpaceX is scheduled to launch late next year for Axiom Space, the company confirmed to CNBC on Monday. President of Israel Reuven Rivlin made the announcement shortly after SpaceX launched its Crew-1 mission for NASA on Sunday evening. Stibbe is set to become Israel's second astronaut. The nation's first astronaut was Ilan Ramon, a payload specialist on board Space Shuttle Columbia. The first Axiom mission will last 10 days – with two days of travel and eight days on board the space station.cnbc.com
What's next after the International Space Station? Plans afoot for more off-Earth outposts.
An illustration of the Gateway moon-orbiting space station planned by NASA, with major contributions from the European Space Agency and other international partners. The International Space Station (ISS) won't be the only off-Earth outpost for much longer, if all goes according to plan. Related: How the International Space Station will dieFor example, Houston-based company Axiom Space plans to use the ISS as a jumping-off point for its own station in low Earth orbit (LEO). That milestone launch will help pave the way for a space station, which will be up and running by 2030 , if all goes according to plan. NASA plans to start building a small moon-orbiting space station called Gateway as part of its ambitious Artemis program of crewed lunar exploration.space.com
The International Space Station has been humanity's foothold in orbit for 20 years
For 20 years, humans have had an unbroken presence in orbit on the International Space Station. In photos: Building the International Space StationAstronaut Scott Parazynski, STS-120 mission specialist, assesses his repair work as the International Space Station’s solar array is fully deployed in 2007. Another spacewalk during STS-120, she said, saw Parazynski "sprayed with ammonia" while disconnecting coolant lines in preparation to move a space station solar truss . (Numerous space station partners are discussing continuing to work together until at least 2028 .) Once the consortium decides to turn away from the space station, the orbiting complex's future could take several directions, Mulholland added.space.com
Former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria to return to orbit on Axiom private mission
Michael Lopez-Alegria, seen here in 2006 during his last visit to the International Space Station, is now assigned to command Axiom Space's AX-1 commercial mission to the orbital complex. In 2017, Lopez-Alegria joined Axiom Space, a private space services company that holds the first agreement with NASA to attach commercial modules to the ISS as a precursor to Axiom's own commercial space station. Lopez-Alegria: My experience with Anousheh, in particular, was seminal in the formation of my belief in commercial space. Michael Lopez-Alegria and his three Axiom Space AX-1 crewmates will train using SpaceX's Dragon simulator in Hawthorne, California. Granted, you'll be flying as an Axiom Space representative, but are there personal things you want to accomplish by going back to space?space.com
'Space Hero:' Planned reality TV show wants to launch winner to International Space Station
The International Space Station, as seen from the space shuttle Atlantis in July 2011, on the final flight of the shuttle program. The show will then follow that lucky person's trip to the space station and end when he or she comes back down to Earth. Space Hero, Inc., the production company behind the coming series, is working with Houston-based firm Axiom Space, Deadline reported. Deadline also reported that the "Space Hero" winner will fly to the space station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. The people behind Space Hero, Inc., aren't the first to dream up a reality show that would launch civilians into space.space.com
A reality TV show wants to send its winning contestant to the International Space Station in 2023
A U.S. television production company called Space Hero announced on Thursday that it plans send the winning contestant of a reality TV show on a 10 day trip to the International Space Station. "The series will search the entire globe for an everyday citizen with a deep love for space exploration. Space Hero will provide an opportunity for anyone from any background to become the first globally-elected space explorer to take part in a mission to the International Space Station," the company said in a news release. "Along with constructing and operating the world's first privately-funded commercial space station, Axiom is the industry leader today in offering NASA-level astronaut training and full-service crewed missions to the International Space Station to all interested customers," an Axiom spokesman said in a statement to CNBC. Space Hero's show isn't the first Hollywood project to set its sights on the ISS, nor is it the first private space tourist launch that Axiom has booked.cnbc.com
SpaceX to fly private astronauts to space station for startup Axiom in 2021
Axiom Space, a Houston-based startup, has signed a deal with SpaceX to fly a commander and 3 private astronauts to the International Space Station as early as late 2021. Axiom Space, a start-up based in Houston, Texas, and SpaceX are teaming up to launch a team of four private astronauts to the International Space Station as early as next year. Axiom Space did not release details on how much the company will pay SpaceX to fly its four-person crew to the International Space Station. SpaceX will use a future Crew Dragon to launch private astronauts to the International Space Station in 2021. Earlier this year, NASA announced that Axiom Space will add a private module to the space station to push forward commercial spaceflight.space.com
Houston company tapped by NASA to build first private space station, attaching to ISS
ORLANDO, Fla. – NASA has selected Axiom Space, a private company based in Houston, to build the first stages of a private space station that will operate long after the International Space Station is retired. NASA announced Monday that Axiom Space was awarded access to the International Space Station’s Node 2 Forward port to begin building its commercial space station that could ultimately replace the ISS. The whole structure will form the “Axiom Segment” of the current ISS. When the ISS is decommissioned, the Axiom Segment will detach and continue on as a private space station circling the Earth. Axiom Space was co-founded in 2016 by former NASA ISS program manager Michael Sufferedini and space entrepreneur Dr. Kam Ghaffarian.