The International Space Station was declared open to commercial business by NASA in 2019, and it appears that a large number of space tourists will be able to experience microgravity. Axiom Space, a space tourism company, announced a "blockbuster deal" with SpaceX on Wednesday to transport private personnel to the ISS until 2023.
Axiom and SpaceX have previously agreed to fly the Dragon spacecraft in early 2022 with three private citizens and former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegra. The new deal brings the total number of flights to four.
NASA's Commercial Crew Program has allowed SpaceX to demonstrate the capabilities of its Crew Dragon capsule. The corporation has previously launched three successful crewed missions with professional astronauts.
Private crews will be involved in the Axiom missions. The previously stated first trip is expected to cost $55 million per seat and has NASA approval to fly no earlier than January 2022.
"All four crews will receive combined commercial astronaut training from NASA and SpaceX," SpaceX said in a statement on Wednesday. "SpaceX will provide training on the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft, emergency preparedness training, spacesuit and spacecraft ingress and egress exercises, as well as partial and full simulations."
SpaceX's intentions for space travel were already big. It's working on flying a group of artists around the moon on the next-generation Starship spaceship, and it's joined the Inspiration4 project, which seeks to fly "ordinary people" into orbit on Dragon later this year. Still, it won't dock with the ISS.
Axiom has more extensive plans than merely visiting the International Space Station. The Axiom Station is a privately-owned space station that will launch as an attachment to the International Space Station in 2024 and then detach and operate independently by 2028. Thus, it has the potential to become the ultimate space vacation spot.
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