NASA, SpaceX Set to Launch Axiom Space Mission-2 From Kennedy Space Center Sunday at 5:37 p.m. ET

By  //  May 20, 2023

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Liftoff is scheduled for 5:37 p.m. EDT

Liftoff of the Axiom Mission 2, the second private astronaut mission to the International Space Station, is scheduled for 5:37 p.m. EDT Sunday, May 21, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – SpaceX is targeting no earlier than Sunday, May 21 for Axiom Space’s Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2) to the International Space Station from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The instantaneous launch window is at 5:37 p.m. ET (21:37 UTC), with a backup opportunity available on Monday, May 22 at 5:14 p.m. ET (21:14 UTC).

The Dragon spacecraft supporting this mission previously flew Crew-4 to and from the space station. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will land on Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

During their time on the orbiting laboratory, the crew will conduct over 20 science and technology experiments in areas such as human physiology, physical sciences, and STEAM to help expand knowledge to benefit life on Earth in areas such as healthcare, materials, technology development, and enable industrial advances.

The SpaceX webcast for the Ax-2 mission will go live about 3.5 hours before liftoff.