The crew of Axiom Space is engaged to the Space Station

With the arrival of the Axiom Space Ax-1, there are now 11 people on board the International Space Station. Found: NASA

Four independent Axiom Space spacecraft hit the International Space Station after launching aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 less than 24 hours ago.

Seen as Ax-1, this first mission for Axiom Space with the port directly in the air of the Harmony module of the orbiting laboratory at 8:29 am EDT (12:29 UTC) April 9, 2022 .This is 45 minutes after the scheduled event. due to a camera communication problem that requires problem solving.

Crew Dragon Endeavor is equipped with four personal Axiom Space ships.  Found: NASA

Crew Dragon Endeavor is equipped with four personal Axiom Space ships. Found: NASA

On board SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavor spacecraft are Axiom Space astronauts Michael Lopez-Alegria and Larry Connor, Eytan Stibbe and Mark Pathy. After performing leak checks between the spacecraft and the spacecraft, the four were able to enter the ISS at 10:13 am EDT (14:13 UTC). They were joined by seven members of Expedition 67, including NASA pilots Thomas Marshburn, Raja Chari and Kayla Barron, Matthias Maurer, European Space Agency astronauts, and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev. and Sergey Korsakov.

“I can’t describe the fun of being at Dragon for the last day and a half, or watching these eyes in the light,” said Lopez-Alegria, who went on space many times larger than a NASA. astronaut, mentioned during the post-docking reception. “We got into orbit and got out of our clothes – I was stuck doing the guides – and I could hear the saying‘ expletive deleted ’as they looked at the door. wind. Every one of them. “

Ax-1 was launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket at 11:17 am EDT (15:17 UTC) April 8 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Ax-1 spacecraft launches on a Falcon 9 spacecraft from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  Found: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider

The Ax-1 spacecraft launches on a Falcon 9 spacecraft from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Found: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider

This was the fifth flight for Lopez-Alegria, the Ax-1 captain. He has flown in space four times as a NASA spacecraft – three on spacecraft and once on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Prior to this mission, he spent 258 days in orbit.

Lopez-Alegria left NASA in 2012 and joined Axiom Space as director of Business Development in 2017 before being selected to command the Ax-1 mission.

The Ax-1 team was in the Dragon Endeavor Crew before the launch.  From left to right: Mark Pathy, Larry Connor, Michael Lopez-Alegria and Eytan Stibbe.  Available: SpaceX

The Ax-1 team was in the Dragon Endeavor Crew before the launch. From left to right: Mark Pathy, Larry Connor, Michael Lopez-Alegria and Eytan Stibbe. Available: SpaceX

Connor is the pilot for Ax-1. He is an American businessman and the head of an investment firm called the Connor Group, which has assets of $ 3.5 billion.

Stibbe is an Israeli investor. He was only the second Israeli to fly into orbit, the first being Ilan Ramon in 2003. He was one of seven killed during the STS-107 Columbia flight.

Last but not least, Pathy is a Canadian businessman and philanthropist. He is the second private astronaut in Canada and the 12th overall to go into space.

Although Connor Stibbe and Pathy paid for their trip, it wasn’t just a vacation. The Ax-1 crew is scheduled to stay on the ISS for eight days to perform a series of scientific experiments and technical demonstrations.

“We’re up to see this, but we know there’s a responsibility.” said Connor. “The responsibility of this first civil society [to the ISS] to get right. It is our full commitment to work with the support of all parties on the ISS and around the world. “

The translation of the Axiom Station is planned in front of the International Space Station.  Available: Axiom Space

The translation of the Axiom Station is planned in front of the International Space Station. Available: Axiom Space

Ax-1 is the first of four Axiom Space missions on the ISS as the company prepares to begin its first operational deployment to the outpost before 2024.

Axiom Space later plans to send four modules to the orbiting space in the latter half of this decade. When completed, this “Axiom Station” will have the ability to separate from the ISS by 30 years at the end of its life to form a new independent station.

At the end of the Ax-1 mission, the four astronauts will leave their Crew Dragon spacecraft and return to Earth, sailing across the ocean off the coast of Florida. The opening is scheduled for April 18 with re -entry and splashdown about a day later.

After Ax-1, SpaceX began to launch a new team on the ISS, this time for NASA. Crew-4 is seen as the spacecraft to the orbiting outpost and is scheduled to include NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines and Jessica Watkins and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. They are expected to remain up until September 2022.

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Tagged: Ax-1 Axiom Space Crew Dragon Expedition 67 International Space Station Lead Stories NASA SpaceX

Derek Richardson

Derek Richardson holds a degree in social media, with an interest in contemporary journalism, from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. While at Washburn, he was the editor of the student travel newspaper, the Washburn Review. He has a blog about the International Space Station, called Orbital Velocity.

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