SpaceX’s crew Dragon Endeavor docked with the International Space Station on July 1, 2020.
CAP CAN CANERERAL, Florida – Former Israeli fighter pilot Eytan Stibbe is the second member of the all-private crew whom SpaceX is scheduled to launch for Axiom Space at the end of next year, the company confirmed to CNBC on Monday.
SpaceX announced Israeli President Ryuwen Rivlin shortly after embarking on a Crew-1 mission to NASA on Sunday evening.
“Ayton Stibbe will fly with his uniform with a blue and white flag, reminding us that the sky is no longer the limit!” Rivlin said in a tweet.
Stibbe is set to become Israel’s second astronaut. The country’s first astronaut was Elan Ramon, a payload specialist on board the space shuttle Columbia. He and the other six members of the NASA crew were killed on 1 February 2003 when Columbia broke up during re-entry.
The Axiom AX-1 is scheduled to launch in the second half of Mission 2021, which the company unveiled earlier this year in an agreement with SpaceX. Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, who previously worked for NASA and went to space four times, will be the XB-1 mission commander, working with Stibbey as a mission specialist.
The AX-1 will be the first fully private mission to the International Space Station, with Lopez-Alegria and Stibbe flying under the names of two others.
While NASA announced earlier this year that the agency was working with actor Tom Cruise to make a film on the ISS, Axiom has not confirmed that the other two passengers for Cruise X-1 Is one of
The first Axiom mission will last 10 days – with two days of travel and eight days on the space station.
Neither SpaceX nor Axiom have revealed how much the AX-1 mission will cost. But recent contracts mean that it will likely exceed $ 50 million per capita, as NASA expects SpaceX to pay about $ 55 million per astronaut for ISS missions, and last year SpaceX Bigelow had an agreement with Aerospace to fly individuals to the ISS. $ 52 million per person.
In addition to the cost of the launch, the 10-day mission will create a $ 350,000 bill with NASA. Unveiled last year under the agency’s cost structure, NASA will receive $ 35,000 per night per person, as a tourist is required for compensation for the agency’s services, while the ISS.
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