NASA has completed an agreement with Axiom Space, the only company that bid on the opportunity, for a second private astronaut mission to the International Space Station.
NASA announced on August 31 that it had signed a "mission order" with Axiom Space for the mission, which is set to launch in the second quarter of 2023.
The Ax-2 mission will use a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft to transport four private astronauts to the station for a 10-day stay.
NASA announced in December that it had chosen Axiom for the second private astronaut mission (PAM) opportunity, which would take place sometime between the fall of 2022 and the spring of 2023
it would begin formal negotiations with the company on the mission order. In April of this year, Axiom flew the first such PAM, Ax-1.
With a full mission manifest of science, outreach, and commercial activities, our new Ax-2 crew will continue to increase utilisation
the International Space Station National Laboratory and demonstrate to the world the benefits of commercial space missions for all humanity,"