Axiom Space’s Ax-3 crew, which was scheduled to splashdown after their mission to the International Space Station (ISS), will have to wait a little longer due to weather concerns. The return journey of the crew will be facilitated by SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft.
Initially planned for Sunday, the splashdown has been postponed to an undisclosed time on Tuesday. Unfavorable weather conditions off the coast of Florida have forced this delay in bringing the crew back to Earth.
To ensure a smooth undocking process, NASA, Axiom Space, and SpaceX are working in coordination. A thorough review of the weather conditions will take place on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, after which a concrete decision regarding the undocking will be made.
Once the undocking is approved, the Dragon spacecraft will execute a series of maneuvers to lower its orbit and eventually re-enter Earth’s atmosphere. The splashdown is expected to occur off the coast of Florida.
The Ax-3 mission, launched on January 18, 2024, using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, marks the third crewed mission by Axiom Space to the ISS. Notably, this mission carries over 30 experiments contributed by various companies and universities.
Matt Ondler, President of Axiom Space, views commercial space travel as the way forward, opening up opportunities for countries, businesses, and universities to participate in space exploration. This mission serves as another testament to the growing relevance and potential of commercial space endeavors.
As space exploration continues to capture the imagination of the world, the safe return of the Ax-3 crew and the success of their mission remains a top priority for all parties involved. Stay tuned for further updates on this significant development.
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