The International Space Station has 2 seats left for this trip

Katie Ramirez
March 12, 2020

SpaceX has partnered with Axiom Space to send three tourists on a 10-day trip to the International Space Station.

Breaking the news on 5 March, the companies issued a joint statement, touting the venture as the "first-ever fully private human spaceflight mission" to the ISS.

Friday night, in super windy conditions at Cape Canaveral, SpaceX launched the 20th and final delivery using its Dragon capsule under that original contract. The largest portion of the $ 55 million ticket price will be paid to SpaceX, not to Axium NASA. Reusable boosters and spacecraft are pretty common and even expected now - in fact, Dragon's second version will have the capability to fly to the space station for up to five times, whereas version one can only last for three.

Axiom CEO Michael Suffredini said that this will be Axiom Space's first mission to the International Space Station for a commercial organization. "Procuring the transportation marks significant progress toward that goal, and we're glad to be working with SpaceX in this effort". The small crew will be able to experience microgravity and view the Earth from the space station.

Now, NASA has unveiled further details, naming just who'll be making the ISS's first habitable commercial module.

Scientists from the Kennedy Space Center have recently reported the successful cultivation of a salad crop-red romaine lettuce of the "Outredgeous" cultivar-onboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Vivo NEX 3S 5G launched with Snapdragon 865 SoC
Chinese phone maker - Vivo - just launched the successor of the Vivo NEX 3 previously released in September of 2019. Taking a closer look, the changes between the devices are largely limited in the design segment along with the SoC.

Update: The launch was a success, with the booster performing the 50th landing in the company's history.

Previous tourist stays at the station have been orchestrated by Russia's Roscosmos space agency, drawing fiery criticism from Nasa.

As it finally draws close to launching its first human in the Crew Dragon, SpaceX has been attracting interest from other private outfits, including Space Adventures.

NASA has said from the beginning that, even though it paid for development of the spacecraft, Boeing and SpaceX will still own and operate their vehicles and will be allowed to use them for other types of missions, including space tourism.

"In the long-term, Nasa's goal is to become one of many customers purchasing services from independent, commercial and free-flying habitable destinations in low-Earth orbit", Nasa explained past year. Conducting science aboard the orbiting laboratory will help us learn how to keep astronauts healthy during long-duration space travel and demonstrate technologies for future human and robotic exploration beyond low-Earth orbit to the Moon and Mars.

The company's technical innovations around manufacturing and reusing rocket components revolutionized the space industry and created an environment where entrepreneurs believed in the possibility of competing with industry giants like Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin.

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