NASA space tourism launch delayed; Axiom Space will build an in-orbit studio for the Tom Cruise movie
NASA has changed the planned launch date of a space tourism mission from late February to late March, with the three amateur astronauts keen to visit the International Space Station (ISS) having to wait a bit longer than expected.
The private mission team is now targeting March 31 due to additional spacecraft preparations and space station traffic, suggesting other spacecraft will maneuver around the ISS in late February and early March. , according to Texas-based Axiom Space, the organizer of this will be NASA’s first space tourism trip to the ISS.
Ax-1, the very first private astronaut mission in @Space station, is now targeting a March 31 launch due to additional spacecraft preparations and space station traffic. The multinational crew will conduct science, outreach and business activities during their 8 days on the ISS. pic.twitter.com/s9qsnS7gE8
— Axiom Space (@Axiom_Space) January 20, 2022
Space Tourism Mission
American entrepreneur Larry Connor, former Israeli Air Force pilot Eytan Stibbe and Canadian investor and philanthropist Mark Pathy will be aboard the private astronaut mission called the Ax-1 space tourism mission.
As reported by Digital trendsthis private space mission is expected to last about a week on the International Space Station.
Additionally, flying as mission commander would be former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría, completing the crew of the Ax-1 space tourism mission.
The crew will be launched into space by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with all four crew members being transported to and from the ISS by the Crew Dragon spacecraft.
The mission is part of NASA and Roscosmos’ collaborative effort and initiative to commercialize the ISS to raise funds while improving access to space.
The target market for these space tourism expeditions is directed towards extremely wealthy people.
In fact, Russia’s Roscosmos has been operating space tourism missions on and off for years now.
This private mission marks a first for NASA’s first experience overseeing a space tourism mission.
Her most recent space tourism mission was in December when she used a Soyuz spacecraft to ferry two Japanese space tourists to the ISS, where they spent 12 days in space before returning to Earth.
Cost per trip
The astronauts of the Ax-1 space mission would work on the study of philanthropic projects which will most likely include different types of health-related activities.
Stibbe, Connor and Pathy paid the full price of $55 million each on their flight to space.
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Tom Cruise in space aboard the SEE-1 module
Meanwhile, a module has been commissioned by Space Entertainment Enterprise, a UK-based studio co-founded by creators Elena and Dmitry Lesnevsky.
SEE-1 would be the world’s first multimedia and entertainment studio and multipurpose arena in space, according to NASA.
According to reports from CNBCthe producers of Tom Cruise’s next space movie have revealed plans to attach a studio to the International Space Station, which is currently being built by Houston-based company Axiom.
The launch of SEE-1 is scheduled for December 2024.
It will connect to Axiom’s first module, which will connect to the company’s space station in September 2024.
Another fundraiser is planned soon.
The company is currently in discussions with investors and business partners on the concept, Space Entertainment Enterprise said in a press release.
According to Axiom, the SEE-1 module will be an inflatable module with a diameter of more than 20 feet.
Because of the advantage of starting out in a smaller form factor and then expanding to a larger volume once in space, commercial companies designing space stations are increasingly turning to inflatable modules to build large living spaces.
As an example, in 2016, now-defunct space company Bigelow Aerospace attached its BEAM inflatable module to the International Space Station, which NASA continues to use for cargo storage in the research lab.
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