Lifelong space enthusiast becomes latest civilian to buy his way into space
It is unclear who might join Whitson and Shoffner on their mission. An Axiom spokesman said that would be revealed at a later date. But recently, the Discovery Channel announced it was hosting a competition for a seat on a future Axiom mission to the space station. Former NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine also said last year that Tom Cruise was working with the company to shoot scenes for a movie on the station.washingtonpost.com
Crew of private 'Axionauts' pay $55 million each to visit ISS
A private crew of three men is scheduled to spend eight days at the International Space Station (ISS) after they each paid $55 million to join the new Ax-1 mission from Houston-based company Axiom Space. Three men from three different countries will make the historic trip led by former NASA astronaut and Axiom vice-president Michael López-Alegría, in what is "The first private ISS crew in the history of humankind," Axiom said in a tweet. The first launch of the Ax-1 mission will fly on a SpaceX Crew Dragon led by mission commander López-Alegría who called the group a "collection of pioneers," according to the press release. Each of the men will have to undergo 15 weeks of Axiom training and they will also have to pass medical tests, according to Suffredini. Axiom intends to offer two private missions per year to the ISS and plans to construct its own privately-funded space station.chron.com
3 men paying $55M each to fly to International Space Station
(NASA via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The first private space station crew was introduced Tuesday: Three men who are each paying $55 million to fly on a SpaceX rocket. “This is the first private flight to the International Space Station. It’s never been done before," said Axiom's chief executive and president Mike Suffredini, a former space station program manager for NASA. Russia has been in the off-the-planet tourism business for years, selling rides to the International Space Station since 2001. Lopez-Alegria, a former space station resident and spacewalking leader, called the group a “collection of pioneers."
Houston Spaceport to be home to world’s first commercially built space station
HOUSTON – The Houston Spaceport will be home to the world’s first space station to built by a commercial space company. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Tuesday that Axiom Space will build a 14-acre headquarters at the city’s spaceport next year and provide 1,000 high-paying jobs. Suffredini said the first module of the Axiom space station is set to be launched in late 2024 and will be the first commercial module to be attached to the International Space Station. Once the ISS is retired, the Axiom modules will detach and remain in low-earth orbit. Axiom will also provide commercial missions to the space station, the first of which is expected to launch late next year, Suffredini said.
Former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria to return to orbit on Axiom private mission
Michael Lopez-Alegria, seen here in 2006 during his last visit to the International Space Station, is now assigned to command Axiom Space's AX-1 commercial mission to the orbital complex. In 2017, Lopez-Alegria joined Axiom Space, a private space services company that holds the first agreement with NASA to attach commercial modules to the ISS as a precursor to Axiom's own commercial space station. Lopez-Alegria: My experience with Anousheh, in particular, was seminal in the formation of my belief in commercial space. Michael Lopez-Alegria and his three Axiom Space AX-1 crewmates will train using SpaceX's Dragon simulator in Hawthorne, California. Granted, you'll be flying as an Axiom Space representative, but are there personal things you want to accomplish by going back to space?space.com
'Space Hero:' Planned reality TV show wants to launch winner to International Space Station
The International Space Station, as seen from the space shuttle Atlantis in July 2011, on the final flight of the shuttle program. The show will then follow that lucky person's trip to the space station and end when he or she comes back down to Earth. Space Hero, Inc., the production company behind the coming series, is working with Houston-based firm Axiom Space, Deadline reported. Deadline also reported that the "Space Hero" winner will fly to the space station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. The people behind Space Hero, Inc., aren't the first to dream up a reality show that would launch civilians into space.space.com
SpaceX to fly private astronauts to space station for startup Axiom in 2021
Axiom Space, a Houston-based startup, has signed a deal with SpaceX to fly a commander and 3 private astronauts to the International Space Station as early as late 2021. Axiom Space, a start-up based in Houston, Texas, and SpaceX are teaming up to launch a team of four private astronauts to the International Space Station as early as next year. Axiom Space did not release details on how much the company will pay SpaceX to fly its four-person crew to the International Space Station. SpaceX will use a future Crew Dragon to launch private astronauts to the International Space Station in 2021. Earlier this year, NASA announced that Axiom Space will add a private module to the space station to push forward commercial spaceflight.space.com