Next year, SpaceX will launch three tourists into space and take them to the International Space Station (ISS) for a microgravity vacation.
As CNBC reports, paying space tourists secured their trip outside the world through an agreement signed between American space station maker Axiom Space and SpaceX. The flight is scheduled for the second half of 2021 and will use a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and a Falcon 9 rocket to get them out.
Axiom Space sees this as the first fully private human space flight for the ISS. A commander “professionally trained by Axiom” is ready to accompany the three tourists who will be on board the ISS for at least eight days before returning to Earth.
Speaking of the mission, Axiom Space CEO Michael Suffredini said: “This historic flight will be a turning point in the march towards universal and routine access to space… This will only be the first of many fully manned and managed ISS missions. by Axiom Space. – the first for a commercial entity. Obtaining transportation marks significant progress towards this goal, and we are pleased to work with SpaceX in this effort ”.
The first flight of the SpaceX crew with NASA astronauts on board may already take place in April this year, if everything goes according to plan. When the tourist trip is completed next year, Axiom will again focus on the “Axiom Segment”, a new pressurized space station module capable of expanding the usable and habitable volume on the ISS. NASA selected the proposal for the Axiom segment earlier this year, with an attachment to the ISS scheduled for 2024.
Originally posted 2020-03-08 12:38:09.