C5 Capital Congratulates Portfolio Company Axiom Space on Successful Second Private Space Launch

WASHINGTON (May 23, 2023)—C5 Capital, a leading venture capital firm focused on investing in cybersecurity, energy security, and space, is pleased to congratulate its portfolio company Axiom Space on the successful launch and docking of Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2), its second all-private, multinational four-person crew to the International Space Station (ISS) onboard the SpaceX Dragon Freedom spacecraft.

Axiom Space continues to make history with the successful launch of its second private mission. On May 22, 2023, the spacecraft successfully completed its 15-hour journey to join 7 ISS Expedition crew members already on board the ISS. This marks a major milestone for Axiom Space as it pioneers the development of a commercial space station that will open opportunities for both government and private-sector astronauts.

“The Ax-2 mission is an important milestone in the development of the next space station that provides access for all to space,” said Andre Pienaar, Founder and CEO of C5 Capital. “Their vision for a new era of space exploration is inspiring, and we are proud to support their efforts to make it a reality.”

The Ax-2 crew includes astronauts Peggy Whitson, the director of human spaceflight at Axiom Space, aviator John Shoffner, and two mission specialists from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Rayyanah Barnawi  and Ali Alqarni. Notably, Barnawi has made history as the first Saudi female astronaut to go to space. The four astronauts will spend eight days aboard the International Space Station, carrying out research, outreach, and commercial activities.

“This is a significant achievement for Axiom Space, and we are proud to have played a role in helping them bring their vision to fruition,” said Jeanne Tisinger, board member at C5 Capital and Axiom Space board member. “We look forward to continuing to support Axiom Space as they work to build the first commercial space station and expand the frontiers of space exploration.”

For more information on Axiom Space, visit www.axiomspace.com.

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Reine Opperman

C5 Capital


About C5 Capital:

C5 Capital (C5) is a specialist venture capital firm that invests in cybersecurity, space, and energy security. C5’s investment strategy is focused on building long-term relationships with innovative and resilient founders that share in its mission to build a secure future. C5 Capital is headquartered in Washington, DC with locations in London, Luxembourg, and Vienna. For more information, visit: www.C5Capital.com.


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