In case you had $ 55 million and wanted to travel to the International Space Station on board a SpaceX rocket, it became possible. Detection About the first private space crew – made up of three men – who each pay $ 55 million to travel to the station.
They are led by Mike Suffredini, former NASA Space Station Program Director and CEO. For a company Axiom Space, the company that arranged the trip in January.
This is the first private flight to the International Space Station, and it has never been done before, Soufredini said, and while the mission commander is well known in the space circles, the other three men are just people who want to be able to go into space, and we provide this. the opportunity.
The first crew will spend eight days on the space station, and it takes a day or two to get there on board the SpaceX Dragon capsule after takeoff from Cape Canaveral.
Russia has been in the field of extraterrestrial tourism for years, selling flights to the International Space Station since 2001.
Other space companies, such as Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, are planning to attract paying customers for the minute-only trips that could start this year.
Axiom Space’s early clients include Larry Connor, a real estate and technology entrepreneur, Canadian financier (Mark Pathy), and entrepreneur (Eitan Stibbe).
These guys are doing it for the betterment of their communities and countries, so we couldn’t be happier with this first-team formation because of their motivation and interest, and these agents intend to conduct scientific research in orbit, along with educational outreach, said Suffredini.
(Tom Cruise) Tom Cruise was mentioned last year as a potential crew member, and senior NASA officials confirmed that he was interested in filming the space station, but there was no information about whether Cruise might join the next Axiom Space flight.
Special astronauts must pass medical exams and get 15 weeks of training, and Connor – at the age of 70 – is supposed to become the second oldest person to fly in space, after John Glenn, who flew in space in 1998 at the age of 77 years old.
Axiom Space plans two special missions per year to the space station, and is also working on launching cabins to the station, starting in 2024.