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 a SpaceX spacecraft to the International Space Station in April 2022. They are (from left): pilot Larry Connor; Mark Pathy, mission specialist; López-Alegría, Commander; and Eytan Stibbe, mission specialist. (Image credit: Axiom Space)

This Friday (April 1), the astronauts launching with Axiom’s Ax-1 mission, as well as company representatives, will attend a live press conference for the crew, which you can watch live here on Space.com or live on axiomspace.com.

All four astronauts to fly the Ax-1 will attend this conference. This includes:

At the conference you will also hear from Axiom leaders:

Ax-1 mission launch delayed until April 6

NASA, SpaceX and Axiom space have delayed the launch of the Ax-1 mission until April 6 at the earliest due to a conflict with the space agency’s Artemis 1 lunar rocket fuel 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 will conduct its first fuel test of its Artemis 1 lunar rocket on the same day at nearby Pad 39B, making the agency a priority. NASA’s fuel test, called a wet test, begins on April 1 and ends on April 3.

The Ax-1 mission, which will launch former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría and paying passengers Larry Connor, Mark Pathy and Eytan Stibbe to the station, will now be lifted at 6 p.m. 12:05 EDT (1605 GMT) Wednesday, April 6. The private astronauts will spend 11 days in space, eight of them on the space station, perform experiments, try a gourmet menu prepared by renowned chef José Andrés and enjoy their space experience.

Ax-1 launch depends on the Artemis 1 fuel test

At a press conference tonight, NASA officials said that Axiom Space’s private Ax-1 space mission is ready to be launched to the International Space Station as early as April 3 at. 13:13 EDT (1713 GMT), but only if NASA completes a critical fuel test of its new Space Launch System mega-rocket.

The Ax-1 mission, which will send 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 mega rocket stands on top of the nearby Pad39B for a vital “wet dress rehearsal” scheduled for April 1 to April 3.

It is possible that NASA will conduct the Artemis 1 fuel test early enough on April 3 for the Ax-1 to fly. If not, the private mission launch window will extend to at least April 7, NASA said.

The Axis-1 mission deletes review of flight readiness

NASA, SpaceX and Axiom Space have concluded a day-long flight readiness meeting today, March 25, for the planned Axiom mission (Ax-1) to the International Space Station, to be launched no earlier than April 3, 2022.

The mission, which will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft, will transport four private astronauts to the space station for the first time. It is the first completely private mission to the station in its over 20-year history.

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

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

NASA is holding a press teleconference tonight at 18:00 EDT (2200 GMT) to discuss plans for the Ax-1 mission. You can listen to the mission live here.

Speakers during tonight’s press conference will be:

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

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