SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the Ax-2 program. Aboard Crew Dragon are former NASA astronaut and first female ISS commander Peggy Whitson, businessman John Schoffner, Saudi Arabian astronauts Rayyan Barnavi and Ali al-Karni.

SpaceX launched a ship with tourists to the ISS

Mission participants will spend eight days on the station, during which they will work alongside its permanent crew. Docking with the ISS is scheduled for May 22 at 09:24 a.m. Eastern Time (4:24 p.m. Moscow time).

This is already the second commercial flight to the ISS under the program of the American company Axiom. The first mission took place in the spring of 2022. A third mission is planned for the end of 2023, during which the crew will spend two weeks on the station.

  • In January 2023, SpaceX raised $750 million at a valuation of $137 billion and the round is expected to be led by Andreessen Horowitz. Elon Musk owns nearly 44% of SpaceX, which was founded in 2002. The company is developing the Starlink satellite network to provide broadband internet to Earth.


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Source: RB

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