Axiom Mission 2

Summary

Axiom Mission 2
NamesAx-2
Mission typeSpace tourism
OperatorSpaceX
Websitehttps://www.axiomspace.com/
Mission duration10 days (planned) [1]
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeCrew Dragon
ManufacturerSpaceX
Crew
Crew size4
Members
Start of mission
Launch dateFall 2022 (planned) [2]
RocketFalcon 9 Block 5
Launch siteKennedy Space Center, LC-39A
ContractorSpaceX
End of mission
Landing siteAtlantic Ocean
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeLow Earth orbit
Inclination51.66°
Docking with ISS
Docking portHarmony forward or zenith
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Axiom Mission 2 (or Ax-2) is a planned SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station, operated by SpaceX on behalf of Axiom Space. Its first two crew members have been announced in May 2021.[3] In June 2021, SpaceX confirmed that the mission would fly in Fall 2022 on a Crew Dragon.[4]

The crew will include former NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson as mission commander and John Shoffner as pilot. It was confirmed on 2 June 2021 [5] that the mission would use a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.

The winner of the reality TV show of Discovery Who Wants to Be an Astronaut? could join this crew.[1]

Crew

Prime crew

Position Astronaut
Spacecraft commander United States Peggy Whitson
Fourth spaceflight
Pilot United States John Shoffner
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 1 TBA
Mission Specialist 2 TBA


References

  1. ^ a b "Whitson to command second Axiom Space mission". SpaceNews. 25 May 2021. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Whitson to command planned commercial flight to space station". Spaceflight Now. 25 May 2021. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Record-holding astronaut Peggy Whitson and mission pilot John Shoffner to lead Axiom Space's Ax-2 mission to enable new research in space". Axiom Space. 25 May 2021. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  4. ^ "SpaceX to Launch Four Axiom Missions to ISS". SpaceX. 2 June 2021. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Axiom Space signs blockbuster deal with SpaceX through 2023 to fly three additional Axiom private crew missions to ISS" (PDF). Axiom Space. 2 June 2021. Retrieved 2 June 2021.