SpaceX signs volume deal with axiom

SpaceX, a US space exploration technology company, signed a so-called “batch agreement” with axiom space, a private space venture, on Wednesday, local time. SpaceX will use a manned dragon spacecraft to carry out three private missions to the international space station by 2023.
Although the two companies have yet to disclose specific terms of the agreement, it marks one of the biggest deals yet in the booming private space industry and makes the international space station’s schedule even busier in the coming years.
The time interval between the three missions is about six months. Before that, axiom will send the “all civilian” crew to the international space station in January 2022 for the first time by using a manned dragon boat. This mission is called AX-1. The AX-2, axiom’s second manned mission, will be led by former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson. The ax-3 and ax-4 crews have not yet been released. All flights will include a stop at the international space station.
Axiom declined to disclose the specific value of the agreement with SpaceX, which has been in the pipeline for several months and was formally signed in recent weeks. SpaceX did not respond to emails seeking comment. The timing and other details of the mission need to be approved by NASA, which manages the ISS schedule.

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