The story can be made on Wednesday, September 15, as four civilians prepare to launch a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for a three-day flight into low-earth orbit. You can watch what is happening right here.
Earlier this year, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin sent purely civilian crews to the edge of space. It’s time for the next giant leap, as SpaceX prepares to send an all-civilian crew into low-Earth orbit. This has never happened before, as every previous crewed orbit has included at least one government:hired professional astronaut.
The five-hour launch window opens today at 8:02 pm ET (Thursday, September 16 at 00:02 UTC). The all-civilian crew of four – Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arseno, Sian Proctor and Chris Sembrosky – will be housed inside a specially modified SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. The reusable Falcon 9 rocket launches from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, placing the crew into low Earth orbit.
You can watch launch at SpaceX, but you can chat here and watch the live stream below. The webcast is scheduled for 15:45 EDT (19:45 UTC), which is 4 hours 15 minutes before the start.
The probability that the weather conditions will change is 70%. favorable for today’s launch. If for any reason it gets cleared, SpaceX will try again tomorrow (Thursday, September 16) at the same time.
Netflix production warm-up will start at 19:00 EDT (23:00 UTC). YouTube is streaming live Strange eyeKaramo Brown and journalist Soledad O’Brien, and it will feature a lot of celebrities. Current Netflix Series Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space is following the team’s training, episodes one through four are already being broadcast. The fifth and final part will premiere at the end of September.
Isaacman, billionaire founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, will lead the mission, while Proctor, a geoscience professor, will be the pilot. Arsenault, a pediatric cancer survivor, will be the first person to go into space with a prosthetic body part and the youngest American in Earth orbit. Sembroski is an Air Force veteran and aerospace engineer. The Crew Dragon operates autonomously, so no actual piloting is expected from the crew.
SpaceX aims to deliver the Crew Dragon to an altitude of 357 miles (575 km), higher than the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station. The crew will review Dragon Dome Earth is “the largest continuous space window ever flown,” according to SpaceX. The company, led by Elon Musk, says the three-layer observation dome has been “rigorously tested and prepared for flight” and replaces the mechanism used by Crew Dragon to dock with the ISS.
In addition to looking out the window and feeling weightless, the crew will conduct a number of health-related scientific experiments. At the end of the three-day space flight, Crew Dragon will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere and make a splashdown with a parachute at one of several possible locations on the east coast of Florida.
The main goal of the Inspiration4 mission is to raise $ 200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitaland this is undoubtedly a great reason. For SpaceX, however, the mission represents the first foray into space tourism that could raise some serious money. Isaacman paid the undisclosed amount for all four places (Arsenault was selected by Isaacman and Proctor and Sembroski won the entries). SpaceX will reportedly charge $ 50 million for space for future private missions.
I am very much looking forward to keeping an eye on today’s scheduled launch and the events of the next three days, but I am by no means going to fool myself into believing that being naive the narrative that hovers around this mission iswhat trips to space will be coming soon available to the rest of us.