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Saudi Arabia is planning to go to Space

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Saudi Arabia is the latest country to show interest in space travel. According to various sources, they plan to send two astronauts to the International Space Station through Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Saudi Arabia is planning to strengthen their ties with private U.S. space companies through this venture.

Sources suggest that this proceeding was done at the Houston Axiom Space in a private meeting. A contract was established regarding two Saudi astronauts traveling to the international space center for a week in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Capsule.

The U.S. Space missions have changed as private U.S. companies are investing heavily in sending astronauts to the space station. This deal between Saudi Arabia and Axiom gives Axiom a role of diplomacy, which was long reigned by NASA. This mission will be called Ax – 2 and will be the second spaceflight arranged by Axiom. It will also allow the Saudi astronauts to unite with previously announced Americans Peggy Whitson and John Shoffner on this mission. However, the Saudi Arabian astronauts are yet to be approved by the chaired panel of NASA, which includes participating stakeholders such as Russia, Canada, and Japan. But it is more than likely to receive approval.

Axiom sent a four-man crew to the space station in its first private mission in April. The crew included a Canadian investor and an Israeli businessman. Axiom also announced a deal with Turkey, in which they will take the first two Turkish astronauts to space in late 2023. The space flight business is a crucial experience for the company’s broader goals, including deploying its own private space station.

The deal between Axiom and Saudi Arabia is valued at around $55 million for each seat.

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