NASA and Axiom agree to explore first private astronaut space station

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First Private Astronaut Mission to Space Station, Credit Image by Lou Lou Nash from Pixabay 

NASA and Axiom Space signed orders to carry out the first private  astronaut mission to the International Space Station before January 2022.

"We are thrilled that the first Private astronaut mission to the space station will give more people access to the spacecraft," said Kathy Lieders, deputy manager of human exploration and operations at NASA headquarters. One of the main goals of the commercial crew program and. The Commercial Low-Orbit Development Program is intended to be acquired by our provider of non-NASA customers develop a commercial economy in a lower-grade category. "

Designed as Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1), the spacecraft is launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and flies to the International Space Station. Once docked, the Axiom astronauts will spend eight days in a orbiting laboratory. NASA and Axiom mission planners coordinate in-orbit activities, so astronauts can perform on the ground together with the space station crew and flight controllers.

Axiom's bus services from NASA missions such as team supplies, cargo delivery to space, warehouses and other in-orbit resources for daily use. NASA will buy the ability to return scientific samples that must be kept cool when returning to Earth from axioms.

Axiom President and CEO Michael Suffredini said, "The first private team to visit the International Space Station is an important moment for humanity to expand our planet, and we are excited to work with NASA to build it Huh." "The thriving commercial market in low-Earth orbit begins with expanding access to serious and unconventional users, which is the goal of our civilian astronaut mission."

NASA opened a space station for commercial activities, including civilian astronaut missions, as part of a plan to develop a strong and competitive economy in low Earth orbit. Even after the retirement of the International Space Station, agency requirements are met to achieve goals such as the impact of the space environment in human, technology development and in-flight crew testing. Commercial agencies can meet these requirements to provide destination and transportation capabilities. Enabling Exa-1 is an important step in stimulating demand for commercial human spaceflight services, allowing NASA to become one of many customers in low Earth orbit.

For the Ax-1 mission, Axiom proposed Michael Lopez-Alegria, Larry Connor, Mark Paithy and Ayton Stibbe as members of the main crew. These private astronauts are reviewed by NASA and international partners as standard for all space station crew members, and tested for NASA's medical qualifications for flight approval. Lopez-Alegria is the mission commander, who will take Peggy Whitson and John Schoffner as backup.

Once the proposed crew passes the review and qualification, the four members will receive flight training with NASA, an international partner and SpaceX, which has been contracted by Axiom as the launch provider for transportation to the space station. The trainer will introduce civilian astronauts to systems, procedures, and emergency preparations for space stations and crew spacecraft. According to the current mission plan, training is scheduled to begin this summer.

The global lower-class economy continues to grow and develop. In January 2020, NASA selected Asiom in late 2024 to provide one or more commercially available habitable module to connect to further ports of the International Space Station Harmony node. Recently, NASA announced that the agency was seeking industry opinion on commercial low cost. Of the future. Earth orbiting locations that will provide services such as crew training, scientific research and advanced system development to both government and private sector astronauts and customers.

NASA has been supporting the continued human existence of the United States in an Earth orbit of less than 20 years. The agency aims to have NASA as one of its many clients and a low-orbit market operated by the private sector. This strategy would provide the government essential services at low cost, allowing the agency to focus on Artemis missions to the Moon and Mars, while still using low-Earth orbit as a training and evidence site for deep space missions. Is done for

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