Axiom Space’s third private astronaut mission is on track for a liftoff next year.
Houston-based Axiom Space‘s Ax-3 flight remains on track for a launch toward the International Space Station (ISS) no sooner than January 2024. The four crewmembers, including a former NASA astronaut, a European Space Agency reserve astronaut and a passenger who flew to suborbital space with Virgin Galactic earlier this year, spoke with journalists on Monday (Oct. 16) about their excitement.
The Ax-3 crew includes, from left: former NASA astronaut and Axiom commander Michael López-Alegría; pilot Walter Villadei of the Italian Air Force, who flew with Virgin Galactic in July 2023; mission specialist Alper Gezeravcı, Turkey’s first citizen in space; and mission specialist Marcus Wandt, a reserve astronaut with the European Space Agency. (Image credit: Axiom Space)