Space tourists will be transported to the EE inside a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule using a Falcon 9 rocket in the second half of 2021.
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Next year, SpaceX is ready to launch three tourists into space and transport them to the International Space Station (EEI) for a vacation in microgravity.
As CNBC reports, paying space tourists have secured their trip out of the world through an agreement reached between the private American space station manufacturer Axiom Space and SpaceX. The flight is planned for the second half of 2021 and will use a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and a Falcon 9 rocket to get them out of there.
Axiom Space is seeing this as the first totally private human space flight mission to the ISS. A commander “professionally trained by Axiom” is ready to accompany the three tourists who will spend at least eight days aboard the ISS before returning to Earth.
Speaking of the mission, Axiom Space CEO Michael Suffredini said: “This historic flight will represent a decisive moment in the march towards universal and routine access to space … This will be only the first of many missions to the ISS in being fully manned and managed by Axiom Space, the first time for a commercial entity. The acquisition of transportation marks significant progress towards that goal, and we are pleased to work with SpaceX in this effort. ”
The first SpaceX Crew Dragon flight with NASA astronauts on board could occur at the beginning of April this year if everything goes as planned. Once the tourist trip is completed next year, the Axiom approach will return to the “Axiom Segment”, which is a new pressurized space station module capable of expanding the usable and habitable volume in the IAS. NASA selected the Axiom Segment proposal earlier this year, with the annex to the IEE planned for 2024.