Light-powered air filters and Self-assembling robots are among the science features of SpaceX’s private Ax-1 mission

Axiom Space, based in Houston, has a large science payload planned for its first flight, comprising robots and filters which might aid future moon or Mars exploration.

Ax-1, the first all-private crewed voyage to the International Space Station, is scheduled to fly on April 8 aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon. Four people, including three paying clients, will spend ten days in space, comprising eight aboard the orbiting complex, although this will not be a space tourism trip, according to officials.

During a live-streamed news conference on Feb. 28, Christian Maender, who works as a director in charge of the in-space manufacturing and research at Axiom, remarked, “This crew has been tremendously dedicated to research.” According to him, Axiom-1’s science includes 25 microgravity research investigations as well as up to a dozen pre- as well as post-flight experiments.

“This combination of life science and technology demos,” Maender continued, “represents a very broad range of study that will inform it all from human health issues in space and on the ground to knowledge, infrastructures, and design for future dwellings away from Earth.”

Ax-1 will be piloted by former NASA astronaut and Axiom employee Michael López-Alegra, who will be joined by three paying customers: real estate mogul Larry Connor, Mark Pathy, who is a Canadian investment CEO, and Israeli investor Eytan Stibbe, who each paid $55 million for a spot.

“Because of this crew’s passion, a lot of various experiments in every one of these ventures have come to fruition,” Maender added. “They presented us with a portfolio of work early in the mission design process. We really want to conduct some of these things in orbit,’ they stated. It’s been a pleasure to collaborate with them, as well as NASA and the National Lab, to see these plans come to life for the crew.”

According to a November 2021 press release, Ax-1 will be used for human study, technology demonstrations, Earth observation, and science (life and physical), among other things.

The crew aims to spend more than 100 hours in space working on the experiments, which is more than one-tenth of their total time in orbit (960, presuming around 240 hours from 10 days in the space for every one of the four individuals.)

Connor will collaborate with the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic, building on research he has supported over the past ten years at both institutions. For Mayo, Connor will investigate the relationship between senescent cells (cells that have ceased dividing) and heart health. He planned pre-and post-mission MRIs at the Cleveland Clinic to see how spaceflight impacts spinal and brain tissue.

In an Axiom statement, Thomas E. Mroz, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s center for spine health as well as director of spine research, stated, “This is a ground-level endeavor to determine what types of consequences space travel is going to have on citizens across a range of ages. There’s a lot to discover. Is there a limit to how long humanity can stay in space? Or, depending on their condition, what do they require?”

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