The first independent missionary arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday with four members of the Axiom Space launch team.
NASA has touted a tripartite partnership with Axiom and SpaceX as a major factor in launching a spacecraft called “Low Earth Orbit,” leaving the industry to focus on travel deeper into the cosmos.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 spacecraft with the Crew Dragon capsule Endeavor was launched at 1229 GMT on Saturday and passengers entered the space station nearly two hours later, following launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday.
Commanding Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1) was Michael Lopez-Alegria, a former NASA scientist, a citizen of both the United States and Spain, who flew in the air four times. time on his 20-year career, and last visited the ISS in 2007.
He was joined by three paid partners: American investor Larry Connor, Canadian investor and philanthropist Mark Pathy, and former Israeli military activist, investor and philanthropist Eytan Stibbe.
“We have to see this but we know there’s a responsibility,” Connor said in a statement posted on NASA’s life feed.
As a first responder, he said, “they have to do it right.”
The most reported cost for the tickets – which was eight days at the outpost, before crashing into the Atlantic – was $ 55 million.
Although private citizens have visited the ISS before, Ax-1 is the first mission to feature an international team flying an independent aircraft to the outpost.
Axiom in Houston paid SpaceX to fly, and NASA paid Axiom to use the ISS.
Aboard the ISS, circling 250 miles (400 kilometers) above sea level, the quartet will carry out 25 research projects, including an MIT demonstration of intelligent tiles that make up a robotic team and integrated into the air design.
Another experiment involves using cancer stem cells to grow small tumors, and then using the aging rate of microgravity to identify biomarkers for early detection. chronic diseases.
“Our guys don’t go up there and spend eight days taking pictures and looking out of the closet,” Derek Hassmann, director of Axiom Space, told reporters. spread on a front pile.
In addition, producer Stibbe plans to pay tribute to his friend Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut, who died in the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003 when the spacecraft crashed in when re -entered.
Live pages from Ramon’s autobiography, as well as mementos from his children, will be taken to the stage by Stibbe.
The Axiom team will sit and work with the usual staff of the field: three Americans and one German on the US side, and three Russians on the Russian side.
The team of four missionaries has teamed up with SpaceX, and NASA has approved the design of the second, Ax-2.
Axiom sees travel as the first steps of a larger goal: to build its own personal data center. The first module will begin in 2024.
The plan is that the spacecraft will first be attached to the ISS, before flying independently when the latter rests and is finished after 2030.
The first private missionary prepares to launch the ISS
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