Paying millions of dollars to space, billionaire astronauts still work hard
If you are a rich USD billionaire, have enough money to pay 55 million USD (about 1,272 billion VND) to go to space, you probably won’t get used to it, or even wonder that you still have to work when you go to space. rather than just watching the scene “play and play”.
However, according to recently shared information, the first private crew to the ISS complained that they had to work too much on the International Space Station.
Specifically, at the press conference on Friday (May 13), 4 astronaut of the Ax-1 mission of the aerospace company Axiom Space admits they have “crammed” too much work into the schedule, leading to pressure on all 4 and the crew that have been operating on the plane. ISS.
“In essence, it seems that the arrival of astronauts from Axiom has had an unexpectedly large impact on the daily workload of professional crews on the ISS.” – said Susan Helms, former NASA astronaut and member of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Board.
The crew landed at the ISS on April 9, carrying a significant amount of experimental equipment such as holoportation, human cells, and high-precision optical lenses. However, because it was the first time in space, neither an astronaut nor a professional researcher, the planned experiments took longer than expected.
According to Larry Connor, an investor and entrepreneur who took part in Axiom’s flight, an experiment that should have taken as little as two and a half hours in pre-flight training ended up taking twice as long.
Michael López-Alegría, former NASA astronaut and campaign commander also shared that their timetable is very tight, especially on the first days.
The flight mission was supposed to last only 8 days, but it ended up being delayed for up to 15 days due to unfavorable weather conditions causing delays. However, the “new” faces of the ISS do not complain about the length of time because they have more opportunities to see Earth from low orbit.
“It’s nice to have more time. I think we were too focused on research and communication for the first 8 to 10 days in orbit, so we needed more time to perfect the experience by looking out the window, contacting family and friends or enjoy the feeling” – López-Alegría shared.
However, that extended schedule made the ISS station become more crowded than usual, with 11 astronauts present. Some science modules only allow no more than 4 astronauts to conduct experiments at the same time. This disrupted the normal schedule of the permanent crew on the ISS.
Axiom is already preparing for the second flight to the ISS, when 3 seats have been sold and done with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. According to Gizmodo, 1 astronaut from the UAE will participate.
Michael Suffredini, Axiom’s director of aeronautics, thinks these problems are a lesson for the company with NASA and SpaceX. “Over time, we will reduce the workload for the astronauts” – he said.
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