This task was done by a startup based in Houston, Texas Axiom Space. The company will book rocket flights, provide all the necessary training and coordinate flights to the International Space Station for anyone who can afford it – and hopes this will be the first of many to come. This flight had four crews – Michael Lopez Alegria, a former NASA astronaut who became an Axiom employee and leads the mission; And three customers pay the price: Israeli businessman Eitan Step; Canadian investor Mark Pathy; Ohio Real Estate Mogul Larry Connor.
Returning to the beginning is the most dangerous sequel to the task. The Crew Dragon capsule traveled more than 17,000 miles per hour, and when the final phase of its descent began, the outside of the Crew Dragon heated to about 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit as it returned to the thickest part of Earth’s atmosphere. In the spacecraft’s cabin, passengers were protected by thermal protection and the temperature must remain below 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Crew Dragon then used parachute teams as they landed toward the Atlantic Ocean. Rescue teams waiting near the rescue site took the spacecraft out to sea in a special Dragon’s Nest boat, where the last safety checks were carried out before the crew left.
In the early days at the space station, the group maintained a tight schedule that included about 14 hours of activity per day, including scientific research. It has been designed by many research hospitals, universities, technology companies and others. They also took the time to hold briefings using video conferencing with children and students.
The weather delay gave them “more time to admire the stunning views of the blue planet and look at the huge amount of work that was accomplished during the mission,” he said. Axiom.
It is unclear how much this task will cost. Axiom previously revealed a price of $ 55 million per seat for a 10-day trip to the International Space Station, but the company declined to comment on the financial terms of that mission after announcing at a press conference last year that the price was on the spot. “tens of millions.”
The task is made possible by close coordination between Axiom, SpaceX and NASA, as the International Space Station is funded and operated by the government. The space agency has revealed some details about how much it charges to use its 20-year-old laboratory.
Bringing the support needed for each mission from NASA astronauts will cost commercial customers $ 5.2 million, and all the support and design provided by NASA is still $ 4.8 million. In space, food alone costs about $ 2,000 a day per person. Purchasing supplies for the space station and from there to the commercial team costs $ 88,000 to $ 164,000 per person per day.
But the extra days the AX-1 crew spent in space because of the weather will not increase their total personal fare, according to NASA.
“Knowing that the goals of the ISS mission, such as Russia’s recent spacewalk or weather challenges, could lead to delays in the docking of the vessels, NASA negotiated the agreement with a strategy that did not require compensation for additional delays in docking,” the statement said.
The AX-1 was not the first time paying customers or non-astronauts visited the International Space Station, as Russia made its Soyuz spacecraft seats sold out. A variety of rich thrill seekers in years past.
But the AX-1 was the first The crew, which consists entirely of private citizens who do not have active members of the government space force, will be with them in the capsule during the flight to and from the International Space Station. It is also the first time ordinary citizens have traveled to the International Space Station on a U.S.-made spacecraft.
The mission launched a second round of discussions on whether people who pay to travel to space should be called “astronauts,” although it should be noted that a trip to the International Space Station takes much more time and money than a trip to space. International Space Station, short and half climbing. An orbital in a rocket built by Blue Origin or Virgo Galaxy, for example.
Lopez Allegria, Veteran Four flights into space from 1995 to 2007 During NASA, he said: “This mission is very different from what you may have heard on some recent missions – especially suborbital flights. We are not space tourists. I think tourism has an important role to play. but that is not what an axiom means.
Paying customers did not receive astronaut wings from the U.S. government, but they received the “Universal Astronaut Badge” badge – a gold pin recently designed by the Association of Space Explorers, an international organization of astronauts from 38 countries. Lopez Allegria presented the pins of Stibbe, Pathy and Connor at a welcome party after the Link group at the space station.