Ax-1 Private Mission to Space Station: Live Updates

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Ax 1 Crew Conference Friday!

Axiom Space’s private Ax-1 crew will fly to the International Space Station on a SpaceX spacecraft in April 2022. They are (from left): Pilot Larry Connor; Mark Pathy, Mission Specialist; López-Alegria, commander; and Eytan Stibbe, Mission Specialist. (Image credit: Axiom Space)

This Friday (April 1), the astronauts launching Axiom’s Ax-1 mission and company representatives will participate in a live crew press conference, which you can watch live here on Space.com or directly on axiomspace.com be able.

All four astronauts scheduled to fly Ax-1 will attend this conference. This contains:

At the conference, you’ll also hear from Axiom leaders:

The launch of the Ax-1 mission has been postponed to April 6th

NASA, SpaceX and Axiom Space have pushed back the launch of the Ax-1 mission to no earlier than April 6 due to a conflict with the space agency’s Artemis-1 lunar rocket refueling test this weekend.

SpaceX originally planned to launch the Ax-1 mission on April 3, Sunday, from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. However, NASA must complete its first refueling test of its Artemis 1 moon rocket at nearby Pad 39B by the same day, prompting the agency to prioritize it. NASA’s refueling test, a so-called wet dress rehearsal, begins on April 1st and ends on April 3rd.

The Ax-1 mission, which will bring former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría and fare-paying passengers Larry Connor, Mark Pathy and Eytan Stibbe to the station, will now depart on Wednesday, April at 12:05 p.m. EDT (1605 GMT ) take off 6. The private astronauts will spend 11 days in space, eight of them on the Space Station, conducting experiments, tasting a gourmet meal prepared by celebrity chef José Andrés and enjoying their space flight experience.

Ax-1 launch depends on Artemis 1 refueling test

In a press conference tonight, NASA officials said that Axiom Space’s private space mission Ax-1 is already on 3 refueling tests of its new Space Launch System mega rocket.

The Ax-1 mission, which will bring four private spacecraft to the station on a 10-day trip, eight of them on the ISS, on a SpaceX rocket. SpaceX uses Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s Artemis 1 Space Launch System megarocket stands atop nearby Pad39B for an important “wet dress rehearsal” scheduled for April 1-3.

It’s possible that NASA will complete the Artemis-1 refueling test on April 3, early enough for Ax-1 to fly. If not, the private mission’s launch window extends to at least April 7, NASA said.

Ax-1 mission clears flight readiness verification

NASA, SpaceX and Axiom Space today, March 25, concluded a one-day flight readiness review meeting for the proposed Axiom mission (Ax-1) to the International Space Station, scheduled for launch no earlier than April 3, 2022.

The mission, which will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft, will bring four private astronauts to the space station for the first time. It is the first purely private mission to the station in its more than 20-year history.

Ax-1 will launch former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría and fare-paying passengers Larry Connor, Mark Pathy and Eytan Stibbe. López-Alegría will command the flight. The astronauts will spend 10 days in space and plan to conduct a series of scientific experiments and studies on the space station while enjoying the commercial spaceflight experience.

“During the 10-day mission, the crew will spend eight days on the International Space Station conducting scientific research, public relations and commercial activities,” NASA officials said in a statement.

NASA will be holding a press conference at tonight 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT) Discuss plans for the Ax-1 mission. You can listen to the mission live here.

At the press conference tonight will speak:

  • Kathryn Lueders, Associate Administrator, NASA’s Space Operations Mission Directorate
  • Dana Weigel, Deputy Director of NASA’s International Space Station Program
  • Angela Hart, program manager for NASA’s Commercial Low-Earth Orbit Program
  • Michael Suffredini, President and CEO, Axiom Space
  • Derek Hassmann, Operations Manager, Axiom Space
  • William Gerstenmaier, Vice President, Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX

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