ISS has welcomed onboard four new colleagues from Houston based firm Axiom Space this week. Now International Space Station (ISS) is ready to become busier than norma. It’s crew prepares to become the first all private astronauts team to have ever travelled to the space orbit outpost.
For the firm Nasa and other industry participants, the launch has heralded. It has watershed moment in the newest development of commercial space operations.
Weather allowing, Axiom’s four-person crew has scheduled to launch on Wednesday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Whereas, a Falcon 9 rocket provided by Elon Musk’s commercial space launch business SpaceX and land on the ISS.
If all goes according to plan, the private astronauts team commanded by veteran Nasa astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria will dock at the International Space Station (ISS) some 250 miles (400 kilometres) above Earth 28 hours after departing Earth in their SpaceX-supplied Crew Dragon vehicle.
Lopez-Alegria, 63, is the mission commander and vice president of business development at Axiom, both of whom are of Spanish descent.
Larry Connor, a real estate and technology entrepreneur from Ohio who is also an aerobatics pilot, is expected to accompany him on the journey. Connor will serve as the mission pilot.