Friday, April 08, 2022

Axiom Space Mission 1 Pilot Larry Connor Profile

Axiom Space Mission 1 Pilot Larry Connor Profile

Larry Connor has experience in more than 16 different aircraft and fighter jets, as well as helicopter time.

Connor's industry accolades include winning five aerobatic competitions and participating in several U.S. National Aerobatic Championships. He also is familiar with racecar driving, a high-speed sport demanding careful attention and procedures, much like in spaceflight. He has racked up 70 race wins in different vehicle types.

Connor's The Connor Group is for real estate and technology investment and has a reported $3.3 billion in assets under management. It focuses on luxury apartment communities and has won several industry awards. He also co-founded two financial technology companies, such as First Billing Services.

On the philanthropic side, Connor also founded The Connor Group Kids & Community Partners(opens in new tab), with an aim to address generational poverty. The group plans to spend $300 million in non-profit work in the next decade.

Axiom Space Misson 1 (Ax-1) crew members Commander Michael López-Alegría of Spain and the United States, Pilot Larry Connor of the United States, and Mission Specialists Eytan Stibbe of Israel, and Mark Pathy of Canada are scheduled to launch on April 8 at 11:17 a.m. EDT, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. 

During their 10-day mission, the crew will spend eight days on the International Space Station conducting scientific research, outreach, and commercial activities. Ax-1 is the first of several proposed Axiom missions to the orbiting laboratory and an important step toward Axiom’s goal of constructing a private space station, Axiom Station, in low-Earth orbit that can serve as a global academic and commercial hub.

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Credit: Axiom Space

Duration: 2 minutes, 33 seconds

Release Date: April 8, 2022

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