First private crew to pay $165 million to fly to ISS

First private crew to pay $165 million to fly to ISS

Axiom has named the first private crew to pay $165 million to fly to the ISS.

American real estate investor Larry Connor, Canadian businessman Mark Pati and former Israeli Air Force pilot Eitan Stibbe will pay $55 million each to be part of the first fully private astronaut crew to travel to the International Space Station. The trio will fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule early next year under the command of veteran NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria.

The Axi-1 mission, organized by Axiom Space, based in Houston, Texas, is a milestone for the space industry as companies seek to make space travel more accessible to private customers rather than governments.

Individuals have visited the space station in the past, but the Ax-1 mission will be the first using a private SpaceX Crew Dragon rocket. The crew’s flight to the space station will take two days. They will then spend about eight days aboard the station’s U.S. segment, where they will participate in “research and philanthropic projects,” Axiom said in a statement.