The crew of the historic Axiom 1 mission joined the International Space Station (ISS)’s space-facing Port of Harmony on Saturday morning after delays.
Soft capture was confirmed at 8:29 AM ET and docking was reported as “complete” at 8:41 AM ET.
The Crew Dragon Endeavor was initially expected to dock at 7:45 AM ET, but was held 20 meters from the station as station crew worked to troubleshoot the problem.
A NASA live broadcast stated that the crew could have been parked in this position for about two hours.
The Dragon Endeavor slot was previously expected to open around 9:30 AM ET, with a welcome party taking place shortly after.
The crew of the 10-day flight includes former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria and pusher passengers Larry Connor, Mark Pathy and Eitan Stipe. Pay the three businessmen 55 million dollars Plot.
Astronauts will participate in multiple disciplines Science program, including a thunderstorm observation experiment initiated by Ilan Ramon, who died aboard the Columbia in 2003.
They’re not there to stick their noses in the window,” said Michael Suffredini, co-founder and president of Axiom and a former director of the NASA space station program, in a statement.
NASA said the mission represented “the culmination of NASA’s efforts to promote a commercial market in low Earth orbit and the beginning of a new era of space exploration that enables more people to fly on more types of missions.”
Friday’s flight is the second private charter flight for SpaceX, which the billionaire and his guests have taken on a three-day trip over the past year.
Next year, Axiom Space aims to conduct its second private flight to the space station.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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