AIAA statement on the launch of the Axiom 1 (AX-1) mission

AIAA statement on the launch of the Axiom 1 (AX-1) mission

Press Release From: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Posted: Friday April 8th 2022

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Executive Director Dan Dumbacher issued the following statement:

“On behalf of the AIAA’s 30,000 professional and student members, we congratulate the entire Axiom Mission 1 (AX-1) team on its successful launch today. Axiom, NASA and SpaceX have introduced a new model of commercial space exploration, expanding access to low Earth orbit, which in turn increases opportunities for scientific research on the International Space Station (ISS). We applaud this first private mission to the ISS, showing how NASA and private industry are working together to significantly expand the human neighborhood in low Earth orbit.

In addition to expanding commercial research opportunities in the ISS orbiting laboratory, the AX-1 mission adds more names to the growing roster of astronauts due to commercial space activity. From entrepreneurs to philanthropists, we see a new breed of explorers emerging in low Earth orbit. We are encouraged to see the space economy grow, as these innovators work to improve life on Earth and accelerate our off-world future. We look forward to following their development.

We recognize the countless aerospace industry professionals involved in the success of today’s launch. We salute Axiom, NASA, and SpaceX, and their entire team, for helping shape the future of aerospace.

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Media Contact: Rebecca B. Gray, [email protected], 804-397-5270 cell

About AIAA The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the largest aerospace technical society in the world. With nearly 30,000 individual members from 91 countries and 100 corporate members, the AIAA brings together industry, academia and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space and defense. For more information, visit, and follow AIAA on TwitterFacebook, LinkedInand Instagram.

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