Keynote Speaker

Michael López-Alegría

Ax-1 Mission Commander

Michael López-Alegría is the Chief Astronaut for Axiom Space and Commander of the Ax-1 mission. López-Alegría is a four-time astronaut, having flown on Space Shuttle missions STS-73, STS-92, and STS- 113, and served as Commander of ISS Expedition 14, flying to and from the ISS aboard Soyuz TMA-9. He holds NASA records for the most Extravehicular Activities (EVA) or “space walks” (10) and cumulative EVA time (67 hours 40 minutes). In 2021, he was inducted to the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. His work on Ax-1 leverages his experience in traditional government space exploration to help forge a new era of private human spaceflight.

Formerly, López-Alegría was the President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and has served on several advisory boards and committees including the Human Exploration and Operations Committee of the NASA Advisory Council, the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee, and is Chairman of ASTM International’s Committee on Commercial Spaceflight. He is also the past President of the Association of Space Explorers.

López-Alegría was born in Madrid, Spain and immigrated to the United States with his family. His son Nicolas (Nico) López-Alegría is currently working on a documentary film about their shared journey and the Ax-1 mission.