The US space agency has selected Axiom Space for its second private astronaut mission to the International Space Station. NASA will negotiate with Axiom for the Axiom Mission 2 (AX-2) which NASA plans to launch between fall of 2022 and late spring 2023.

The launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will start a mission of no more than 14 days at the ISS during which NASA and Axiom will negotiate in-orbit activities for private astronauts to conduct with help from the ground.

NASA also informed that its international partners will review private astronauts selections proposed by Axiom for the Ax-2 mission, as is standard for any space station crew, who would then undergo NASA medical qualification testing to be approved for flight.

“Progress continues toward NASA and Axiom’s first private astronaut mission to the space station, Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1), which is scheduled to launch no earlier than Feb. 21, 2022. Axiom’s proposed crew members still are completing final evaluations by NASA and its international partners,” said NASA in a report.

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