SpaceX’s private Ax-1 astronaut flight cleared for launch pending NASA Artemis 1 moon rocket test

The commercial spaceflight company Axiom Space is cleared to launch the world’s first all-private mission to the International Space Station in April, but only after a critical test of NASA’s new Artemis 1 moon rocket.

The Ax-1 mission to the International Space Station passed its flight readiness review Friday (March 25), allowing the launch to proceed no earlier than April 3 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The mission will launch from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where SpaceX launches astronaut missions for NASA on Crew Dragon spacecraft.

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