SpaceX will launch four private astronaut missions to the Space Station through 2023

SpaceX is going to be providing more rides to private astronauts to the International Space Station, on top of the previously announced mission set to take place as early as next January. All four of these flights will be for Axiom, a private commercial spaceflight and space station company, and they’re set to take place between early next year through 2023.

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and Falcon 9 spacecraft make up the first commercial launch system certified for transporting humans to the ISS, and they’ve already delivered three groups of NASA astronauts to the orbital lab, including one demo crew for its final qualification test, and two operational crews to live and work on the station. In May, Axiom and NASA revealed the details of their AX-1 mission, the first all-private launch to the ISS, which will carry four passengers to the station on a Crew Dragon to live and work in space for a duration of eight days in total.

NASA and SpaceX will be providing training to all four of the Axiom crews set to make the trip to the station. And while neither SpaceX or Axiom has shared more details yet  on what the other three missions will entail, or when they’re set to take place, four missions in two years technically absorbs all the existing capacity NASA has allocated for private astronaut missions, which is set at 2 per year, for 2022 and 2023.

One private astronaut flight to the ISS is already set for 2021: Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa booked a ride to the station aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket for early December. Maezawa booked through Space Adventures, which has already provided a handful of trips for deep-pocketed private astronauts over the course of the past couple of decades.

Axiom meanwhile envisions a somewhat less niche, and more continually active future for commercial orbital space stations. The company is already working on a commercial module to be added to the existing ISS, and has designs on building a fully private successor to the station in future. Booking four trips with multiple crew members in two years goes a long way towards showing there’s more than just very sporadic demand from eccentric rich people for this kind of offering.

Related Stories

Discover

‘Whatever it takes’, UK’s Johnson warns EU over post-Brexit...

World7 minutes ago (Jun 12, 2021 09:57AM ET) 2/2 (C) Reuters. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson...

Toshiba board to hold emergency meeting on Sunday, sources...

Stock Markets40 minutes ago (Jun 12, 2021 09:25AM ET) (C) Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo...

Chile shuts capital Santiago once more as vaccines fail...

World49 minutes ago (Jun 12, 2021 09:15AM ET) (C) Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A woman walks...

UBS investment makes Byju’s the most valuable startup in...

Edtech giant Byju’s has become the most valuable startup in India after raising about...

U.S. screens 2.02 million airport passengers Friday – highest...

Stock Markets11 minutes ago (Jun 12, 2021 08:55AM ET) (C) Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Travelers go...

Exclusive-Macron offers UK’s Johnson ‘Le reset’ if he keeps...

Forex10 minutes ago (Jun 12, 2021 04:55AM ET) (C) Reuters. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson...

Popular Categories