Ax-1 undocking, splashdown delayed to Sunday due to high winds, NASA says
The undocking of a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying the four Ax-1 astronauts will now undock from the International Space Station no earlier than Sunday night, according to Kathryn Lueders, associate administrator of NASA’s Space Operations Mission Directorate.
Axiom Space, SpaceX target April for ISS launch with private crew
Axiom Space and SpaceX have pushed back slightly their planned launch date of the Axiom Mission 1, which will take the first ever all-private crew to the International Space Station from Kennedy Space Center, according to a news release.
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.
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.