The second direct special mission to the International Space Station (ISS) should begin in the second quarter of 2023: this is what was foreseen under the agreement that NASA signed with the US company Axiom Space, the same mission that conducted in April the first private jet of The Axi-1 is a mission model.
About a year later, the Ax-2 will also depart, which is supposed to bring four astronauts aboard the International Space Station for ten days. The crew will fly aboard the Crew Dragon shuttle, which will be launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida thanks to a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. To lead the mission, Axiom proposed former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who could be seated by investor John Schofner; The other two potential passengers are still unidentified, and it is assumed that they will drive like Schaufner.
The four candidates will then have to be approved by NASA and the International Space Station’s partners: a decision should come soon, since the start of training is scheduled for the fall. According to the agreement for the Ax-2 mission, NASA is expected to provide services such as supplies for the crew, delivery and storage of cargo in space and other resources in orbit for daily use. In the event of an emergency, the crew will ensure that they can stay on the ISS for a week after the scheduled mission ends. Axiom will in turn ensure that the science specimens will return to stay cool during the flight back to Earth, the return of the nitrogen/oxygen refill system tank, and up to 10 hours of commander time. Tasks on behalf of NASA.
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