Michael L-A@CommanderMLAQuote from: tweetThere are no bad views from Florida's historic launch pad 39A!
There are no bad views from Florida's historic launch pad 39A!
NASA to Participate in Next Private Astronaut Mission News ConferenceRoxana BardanDEC 08, 2023RELEASEM23-145NASA HeadquartersJohnson Space CenterNASA experts will join a virtual news conference hosted by Axiom Space at 10 a.m. EST Wednesday, Dec. 13, to discuss the launch of Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3), the third private astronaut mission to the International Space Station.The Ax-3 launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft is targeted no earlier than January 2024 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.During the mission, which includes about 14 days aboard the space station, the four-person multi-national crew will complete more than 30 research experiments developed for microgravity in collaboration with organizations across the globe.Briefing participants are:Joel Montalbano, manager, International Space Station Program, NASAAngela Hart, manager, Commercial Low Earth Orbit Development Program, NASAMatt Ondler, president, Axiom SpaceMichael López-Alegría, chief astronaut and Ax-3 commander, Axiom SpaceSarah Walker, director, Dragon Mission Management, SpaceXCol. Valerio Anastasi, chief of space programs and capabilities office, Italian Air ForceYusuf Kıraç, president, TUA (Turkish Space Agency)Frank De Winne, head of the European astronaut center, ESA (European Space Agency)Media must register for the mission overview news conference by 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12, at:https://bit.ly/46J3Q5TIn addition to former NASA astronaut López-Alegría commanding the private mission, Walter Villadei of Italy will serve as pilot. The two mission specialists are Alper Gezeravci of Turkey and ESA (European Space Agency) project astronaut Marcus Wandt of Sweden.NASA’s goal is to enable a strong, commercial marketplace in low Earth orbit where the agency is one of many customers for private industry. The agency recently released its third request for information with proposed requirements for commercial space station services and awarded agreements to advance additional capabilities.Learn how NASA is fostering a robust commercial low Earth orbit economy at:https://www.nasa.gov/humans-in-space/commercial-space/-end-
The astronaut crew for Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) to the International Space Station. From left to right, Ax-3 crew members are Michael López-Alegría, Axiom Space’s chief astronaut, Walter Villadei, an Italian Air Force colonel and pilot for the mission, Mission Specialist Alper Gezeravci from Türkiye, and ESA project astronaut Marcus Wandt.Credits: Axiom Space
December 6, 2023Ax-3 Crew Completes Training at ESA, JAXA for Upcoming Mission to ISSAx-3 MissionAstronaut training with international partners is an indispensable component of the preparation required for Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3), as the crew gears up for their mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in January 2024. Sharing living quarters and collaborative workspaces with NASA astronauts and those from various international partner nations necessitates a deep understanding of the space station's systems and operations.Both the European Space Agency (ESA) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) along with the Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation (JAMSS) provided highly specialized training programs to ensure the Ax-3 crew is fully equipped to function seamlessly within the multinational framework of the ISS. This training was pivotal in guaranteeing that the Ax-3 astronauts can effectively and successfully carry out the assigned mission tasks in the ISS modules.ESA’s European Astronaut Centre (EAC), located in Cologne, Germany, hosts astronaut training programs that cover a broad spectrum of subjects essential for ISS operation. These topics include but are not limited to robotics, emergency response procedures, and space science. Collaborating closely with the ESA training team, and with the support of the Aerospace Logistics Technology Engineering Company (ALTEC), the Ax-3 crew completed supplementary training that delved into the intricacies of the Columbus module. This module, Europe's contribution to the ISS, serves as a versatile laboratory for interdisciplinary research conducted in microgravity.Over at JAXA's Tsukuba Space Center in Japan, the Ax-3 crew engaged in rigorous training sessions with astronaut trainers from JAXA and JAMSS. The focus was to learn how to operate in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), known as Kibō. The training regimen encompassed honing technical skills related to space research and acquiring an in-depth understanding of the JEM module's capabilities.
(Right) Ax-3 backup Tuva Atasever, Mission Specialist Alper Gezeravcı, and Mission Specialist Marcus Wandt (Left) at Tsukuba Space Center in Japan.
Ax-3 Mission Specialist Alper Gezeravcı and backup Tuva Atasever at ESA training in Cologne, Germany.
A Falcon 9 will launch the Axiom-3 crew mission to the International Space Station from pad 40 on January 10 around 7 p.m. EST.
As Axiom/NASA telecon on AX-3 mission, NASA's Joel Montalbano says targeted launch is Jan 9, 2024 at 8:18 pm ET. Dock on Jan 11 at 5:15 am ET. 14 docked days.
SpaceX's Sarah Walker says they haven't decided if they will use KSC's Launch Complex 39A or CCSFS's SLC-40 for this launch. 39A will remain priority for crew launches, but with all the demand, really great to soon have a second pad that can also launch crew.
The launch will use the same Crew Dragon spacecraft (C212 "Freedom") and Falcon 9 booster (B1080-5) as the Ax-2 mission in May, said Sarah Walker, director of Dragon mission management at SpaceX. “Both vehicles are on track with margin to support the Ax-3 launch in early January,” she said.
ESA project astronaut Marcus Wandt from Sweden will travel to the International Space Station on Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) no earlier than January 10 2024, European time.A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Ax-3 crew of four astronauts into space from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA, after 20:00 ET local time on 9 January, or 01:00 GMT/02:00 CET on January 10. There is three-day window available for launch.Marcus will fly as a mission specialist on a Dragon spacecraft. The other Axiom 3 crew members are Walter Villadei from Italy and Alper Gezeravcı from Türkiye. They will fly under the command of Michael López-Alegría Marcus, representing both USA and Spain as a dual-citizen.
Mealtime on the #ISS is very important. The #Ax3 crew taste tests the menu and learns how to use the special warmers as part of their preparation.
QuoteMealtime on the #ISS is very important. The #Ax3 crew taste tests the menu and learns how to use the special warmers as part of their preparation.