That's it: after Virgin Galactic then Blue Origin, SpaceX is also embarking on the great adventure of space tourism. The starting signal of this pivotal mission, called Inspiration 4 , is scheduled for tonight.
The Falcon 9 rocket which will take off from the Kennedy Space Center will not embark this time either satellite or cargo bound for the ISS. Instead, four human beings will take their seats on board. And for once, these won't be astronauts. Like the two billionaires who came before him, it’s a group of civilians that Musk will send into space. The mission will however be much longer than that of its competitors. Where the latter have proposed a tour of a few minutes, SpaceX passengers will indeed spend three days with their heads in the stars before returning to Earth.
So it is a significant step in the development of aerospace grand public. The night owls among you will have no excuse to miss this launch! Insomniacs and brave souls will be able to follow this event live on SpaceX's YouTube channel (see below). Elon Musk's company will be hosting a long show that will start at 9.45 p.m., more than 4 hours before the launch. For those who wish to skip the briefing and get to the point, the appointment is given at two in the morning (Paris time).
Netflix "ready for the highlight of the show
Netflix will also broadcast the event live.As a reminder, the streaming platform is filming a documentary miniseries that follows the mission and its passengers. Currently, four episodes are already available here . The fifth and last opus will obviously focus on the highlight of the show, namely the flight itself.
However, we will have to wait until September 30 for the result to be released on Netflix. Otherwise, there is only one solution left: stock up on coffee for the live broadcast tonight, hoping the weather is nice!