The first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station, Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1), is delayed.
The most anticipated and much-awaited first all-private crewed mission to the International Space Station has been delayed. Axiom Space's Ax-1 mission, which was set to launch on April 3 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, has been pushed to April 6. NASA officially has stated that due to the crucial "wet dress rehearsal" of its Artemis 1 moon mission, the Ax-1 has been delayed.
"NASA, Axiom, and SpaceX are now looking at no earlier than April 6 for the launch of Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1), the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station, pending range approval," NASA officials wrote.
It is reported that Ax-1 will be using the latest SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and robust Dragon capsule to send four people to the space station for an eight-day stay. The four people who will travel to the International Space Station are pilot Larry Connor, Mark Pathy, mission specialist, Eytan Stibbe, mission specialist. The fourth is Axiom employee Michael López-Alegría, a former NASA astronaut commanding the mission.