Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.
This is a Crew Dragon flight for a private company Axiom Space. The mission will carry a professionally trained commander alongside three private astronauts to and from the International Space Station. This crew will stay aboard space station for at least eight days.
Launch Crew Count 4
Landing Time 2023-05-31T03:05:00+0000
Date Of Birth 1960-02-09
Date Of Birth 1955-07-27
Date Of Birth
Date Of Birth
Height 70.00 Meters
Max Stages 2
Mass To GTO 8300 kg
Liftoff Thrust 7607 kN
Diameter 3.65 Meters
Mass To LEO 22800 kg
Liftoff Mass 549 Tonnes
Launch Success 172
Consecutive Success 172
Maiden Flight 2018-05-11
Launch Failures 0
Flight Proven Yes
Landing Attempt Yes
Landing Success Yes
Successful launch onto the rendezvous trajectory with the ISS
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NASA will host a media teleconference following the agency’s flight readiness review for the Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2).
Axiom will hold a press conference with the Ax-2 crew.
NASA, Axiom, and SpaceX will hold a pre-launch media teleconference ahead of the Ax-2 mission to the International Space Station.
NASA, Axiom, and SpaceX will hold a media teleconference following the launch of the Ax-2 mission towards the International Space Station.
The AX-2 Crew Dragon will dock autonomously to the International Space Station.
The AX-2 Crew will close Dragons hatch in preparation for undocking two hours later.
The AX-2 Crew Dragon will undock from the International Space Station, carrying Axiom Space Mission 1 commander Peggy Whitson and three passengers. It will then reenter the Earth's atmosphere and splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.
The AX-2 Crew Dragon will splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico, bringing Axiom Space Mission 1 commander Peggy Whitson and three passengers back to Earth after spending a few days on the International Space Station.
After returning to Earth from a 10-day mission in space, the astronauts of the Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2) will participate in a press conference to share their experience and highlight the work conducted during the second all-private astronaut mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The Ax-2 crew includes Axiom Space’s Director of Human Spaceflight and Commander Peggy Whitson, a former NASA astronaut, Pilot John Shoffner, and Mission Specialists Ali Alqarni and Rayyanah Barnawi, from the Saudi Space Commission (SSC). Both are members of the inaugural Saudi national astronaut class.