Axiom has been making headlines for some time now, beginning with his statement on ISS replacement a. Commercial space station In 2017. The firm, led by former NASA ISS program manager Michael Safredini, noted that it may be interested. repurposing Piece of ISS for the project. But such an initiative takes time, and Axiom’s first module is unlikely to launch Towards the end of 2024With the launch of follow-up modules approaching the end of this decade.
In the meantime, hard work has been done to send Axiom’s first all-private crew to the ISS. Axiom launched the Axio-1 mission Friday morning from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida using a SpaceX Dragon capsule powered by a Falcon 9 rocket. The crew docked at the ISS at 8:29 a.m. Saturday. (Self-evident Said This part of the mission was delayed a bit because NASA and SpaceX’s boot took about 45 minutes to fix the problem on a docking in the ground.) The crew opened the SpaceX Falcon Endeavor hatch at 10:13 a.m. Celebrated the arrival of X-1 through a welcome ceremony.
The Ax-1 crew includes commander and former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Allegria (experienced in three space shuttle missions and one ISS mission), real estate entrepreneur Larry Connor, former Israeli fighter pilot Etan Stebe and Canadian businessman Othi. . The four will remain at the ISS for eight days when they receive samples for NASA and provide assistance in 25 different biological and technical fields.
Once safely boarded the ISS, Mission Commander Lopez-Allegria signaled the start of the crew’s space voyage from the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) to Connor, Steve and Pathi with pins. ASE has used the pin to bring together astronauts and enthusiasts for over 30 years.
“There is a tradition that when you cross a certain boundary you become an astronaut. This is the first time this has happened to these three gentlemen. Now I want to officially note this, “said Lopez-Alegria Explained Since he pinned his Ax-1 chromate. “I hope they wear them with the pride they deserve.”