|Mission type||ISS space tourism|
|Mission duration||~Ten days (planned)|
|Spacecraft type||Crew Dragon|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||Late 2021 (planned)|
|Rocket||Falcon 9 Block 5|
|Launch site||Kennedy Space Center, LC-39A|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||Late 2021 (planned)|
|Landing site||Atlantic Ocean|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Regime||Low Earth orbit|
|Docking with ISS|
|Time docked||~Eight days (planned)|
SpaceX Axiom Space-1 (AX-1 or Ax1) is a planned SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station (ISS), operated by SpaceX on behalf of Axiom Space. The flight will launch in late 2021 and send four people to the ISS for an approximately eight-day stay: Michael López-Alegría a professionally trained astronaut hired by Axiom Space, Eytan Stibbe for Israel, and two additional passengers. It was expected that Tom Cruise and Doug Liman would be passengers for a movie project, but it was later announced they will fly on a subsequent flight. As of January 2021, Stibbe has not officially been announced by Axiom as part of the crew yet.
Axiom Space was founded in 2016 with the goal of creating the world's first commercial space station. In early 2020, NASA announced that Axiom had been granted access to the forward port of the ISS' Harmony module, to which Axiom plans to dock the Axiom Orbital Segment; a complex of at least three pressurized modules and a large observation window – similar to the Cupola – that will be able to facilitate the company's activities in Low Earth orbit. Prior to the first module's launch in 2024, Axiom planned to organize and fly crewed missions to the ISS, consisting of either paying space tourists or astronauts from public agencies or private organizations. In March 2020, Axiom announced they would charter a flight to the ISS with SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft in late 2021. This mission will be the first wholly commercially-operated crewed mission to the ISS, and one of the first dedicated orbital space tourism missions, alongside Roscosmos' Soyuz MS-20 mission, also scheduled for late 2021. Following this flight, Axiom plans to offer crewed flights to the ISS as often as twice per year, "[aligning] with the flight opportunities as they are made available by NASA".
Originally, Michael Lopez-Alegria, Tom Cruise and Doug Liman and Eytan Stibbe were planned to be on the flight. Each of the seats reserved for tourists was announced to cost US$55 million. In early 2021, it was announced that the Cruise/Liman part of the crew was being deferred by "a year or two" for as-yet unrevealed reasons.
Following the launch of Demo-2, the first crewed test flight of Dragon 2, Axiom CEO Michael Suffredini said that they planned to announce the names of the crew in "a month or so"; Ars Technica reported that the full crew complement would "probably be unveiled in January".
|Spacecraft commander|| Michael López-Alegría|
The mission is expected to launch in late 2021, atop a Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A, a NASA-owned launch pad leased to SpaceX for Falcon 9 launches. According to mission commander Michael López-Alegría, the mission will be flown aboard Crew Dragon Resilience. From there the spacecraft will spend two days in transit to the station and dock with Harmony, where they will then spend eight days aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Following their time on the ISS, the spacecraft will undock and return to Earth via splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.