After partnering with Space Adventures to place tourists in space, SpaceX continues to form new connections with companies in the sector to expand its travel offer. This time, Axiom, the space company located in Houston, joins tourists to send space, more specifically the International Space Station.
Recall that NASA chose Axiom to build the first commercial module for the ISS. This will serve as a space residential to accommodate tourists and at the same time to experience housing technologies in the space. The development of commercial missions in low Earth orbit is one of the five elements of the plan to open the International Space Station to new business opportunities.
The first trips are scheduled for the second half of 2021 and consist of a flight composed of three tourist passengers and another member of Axion, the flight commander, who will ensure that there are no problems with the six NASA members who will fly the Crew Dragon. The trips will take 10 days, including two days for the return trip. According to The New York Times, each place on the trip costs 55 million dollars.
It should be remembered that SpaceX continues to await official certification for flights with passengers, something that will only happen after the manned tests. In January, SpaceX successfully completed the rescue test of the unmanned device in order to study potential incident cases with the Falcon 9 rocket. In addition, several engine tests were also conducted without any occurrences of explosion.