Axiom Mission 3
Launch of Ax-3 on a Falcon 9 rocket.
Mission typePrivate spaceflight to the ISS
OperatorAxiom Space
COSPAR ID2024-014A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.58815Edit this on Wikidata
Mission duration21 days, 15 hours and 41 minutes
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeCrew Dragon Freedom
Launch mass12,519 kg (27,600 lb)
Landing mass9,616 kg (21,200 lb)
Crew size4
Start of mission
Launch date18 January 2024 21:49 UTC[1]
RocketFalcon 9 Block 5 (B1080.5)
Launch siteKennedy Space Center, LC-39A
End of mission
Recovered byShannon (ship)
Landing date9 February 2024, 13:30 UTC
Landing siteAtlantic Ocean
Docking with ISS
Docking portHarmony forward
Docking date20 January 2024, 10:42 UTC[2]
Undocking date7 February 2024, 14:20 UTC
Time docked18 days, 3 hours and 38 minutes
Axiom 3 mission insignia
(L-R) López-Alegría, Wandt, Gezeravcı, Villadei, in black jumpsuits 

Axiom Mission 3 (or Ax-3) was a private spaceflight to the International Space Station. The flight launched on 18 January 2024,[1] and lasted for 21 days, successfully splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean.[3] It was operated by Axiom Space and used a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.[4]


All four crewmembers have backgrounds as military pilots.[5] Michael López-Alegría was the commander as an employee of Axiom; Walter Villadei from the Italian Air Force was the mission pilot.[6] The mission specialists were Alper Gezeravcı who was the first astronaut from Turkey;[7][8] and Swedish Project Marcus Wandt, who was the first member of the 2022 European Space Agency Astronaut Group to receive a spaceflight mission. It was also the first commercial spaceflight mission for an ESA sponsored astronaut.[9] Wandt's component of the mission is called "Muninn"[10][11] as it overlaps with fellow Scandinavian ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen's mission – "Huginn".[12]

Prime crew
Position Astronaut
Spacecraft commander United States / Spain Michael López-Alegría, Axiom Space
Sixth spaceflight
Pilot Italy Walter Villadei, AM
Second spaceflight
Mission Specialist 1 Turkey Alper Gezeravcı, TSA
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 2 Sweden Marcus Wandt, SNSA / ESA
First spaceflight

Backup crew

Position Astronaut
Spacecraft commander United States Peggy Whitson, Axiom Space
Mission Specialist Turkey Tuva Cihangir Atasever, TSA


The crew lifted off on a Falcon 9 from LC-39A Florida to dock with the International Space Station for an intended mission duration of approximately two weeks.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Falcon 9 Block 5 - Axiom Mission 3 (AX-3)". Next Spaceflight. December 9, 2023. Retrieved December 11, 2023.
  2. ^ "Ax-3 Docks to Station Aboard Dragon Spacecraft - Space Station". NASA. January 20, 2024. Retrieved January 20, 2024.
  3. ^ "NASA Selects Axiom Space for Third Private Astronaut Station Mission". NASA (Press release). March 14, 2023. Retrieved March 14, 2023.
  4. ^ "Axiom and SpaceX sign blockbuster deal". Axiom Space. Retrieved September 26, 2022.
  5. ^ Foust, Jeff (October 18, 2023). "Axiom Space refines training for next private astronaut mission". SpaceNews. Retrieved October 19, 2023.
  6. ^ Space, Air Force and Axiom agreements on the Ax-3 mission
  7. ^ Roulette, Joey (September 21, 2022). "Exclusive: Saudi Arabia buys pair of SpaceX astronaut seats from Axiom -sources". Reuters. Retrieved September 26, 2022.
  8. ^ Pons, Juan (September 28, 2022). "Saudi Arabia and Turkey compete to get a woman astronaut into orbit as soon as possible". Retrieved October 16, 2022.
  9. ^ "Axiom Space Announces Astronauts for Third Mission to ISS". Axiom Space. September 12, 2023. Retrieved September 12, 2023.
  10. ^ "Muninn mission patch and name". European Space Agency. June 16, 2023. Retrieved June 16, 2023..
  11. ^ "Muninn Launch kit" (PDF). European Space Agency. November 2023. Retrieved January 8, 2024..
  12. ^ "The Huginn mission – an overview". Retrieved September 12, 2023.
  13. ^ Axiom Space refines training for next private astronaut mission, 18 October 2023.