An all-civilian crew prepares to orbit Earth for the first time, potentially ushering in a new era of spaceflight.
Except for bad weather, the Mission Inspiration 4 is scheduled to take off tonight, Wednesday, September 15, around 8 p.m. EST, when the four-passenger crew takes off in a SpaceX spacecraft for a three-day orbit mission. tantalizing prospect that one day anyone could board a rocket and fly into space (as long as they can afford a ticket.) Here's what you can expect with Inspiration 4.
How can I watch the launch?
The launch is scheduled for a five-hour window, starting at 8:02 p.m. EST. You can watch it online via the channelYouTube from SpaceX (integrated above). Current forecasts predict an 80% chance that weather conditions will remain favorable for the launch, which takes place in Florida. Netflix, which is running a documentary on the launch, will also broadcast the event by itself YouTube channel.
Why the hype?
Thanks to NASA, Professionally trained astronauts have been in space for decades, while Inspiration 4 is made up exclusively of private citizens : Jared Isaacman , Founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments; Hayley Arceneaux , medical assistant at St. Jude Children 's Research Hospital; Chris Sembroski , Head of Machine Troubleshooting and Diagnosis at Lockheed Martin, and geoscientist Dr. Sian Proctor .
That said, every Inspiration 4 passenger has been training to prepare for the upcoming flight. Two of the crew members also have pilot experience. Nonetheless, the mission represents SpaceX's continuing effort to commercialize space travel to the masses.
"At first things are very expensive, and it 's only through missions like this that we are able to cut costs over time and make it worthwhile. 'space accessible to all, "said Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX. in February.
How did this mission come together?
Crew member Jared Isaacman funded the Inspiration4 mission, which was origine announced in heather Fe . Isaacman also donated three open seats on the flight to members of the public. Two of these seats were filled in partnership with St. Jude Children 's Research Hospital to help raise awareness and raise funds for charity. Last place was awarded in an entrepreneurship competition at Shift4 Payments.
What will the crew do in space?
Beside enjoying the view, the crew plans to conduct experiments on the effects of space travel on the human body. "The Inspiration4 team looks forward to using our mission to help create a better future for those who embark on the years and decades to come," said Isaacman.
How to traveldo they have in space?
The four crew members will travel to the spacee on the SpaceX Dragon space capsule, which will be attached to a reusable Falcon 9 rocket. During launch, the Falcon 9 will detach and fall back to Earth while the Dragon capsule will move into orbit 357 miles above the surface. After three days, the capsule will return to Earth and splash the Florida coast.
Is this different from recent civilian launches?
This summer we saw two more launches space related to the commercial sector. In July, Richard Branson briefly hovered over 50 miles above the planet aboard his Virgin Galactic Unity 22 space plane. Then, that same month, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos took off into space via a Blu rockete Origin. However, these flights were short and lasted less than an hour. The Inspiration 4 crew, meanwhile, will orbit the Earth for three days.
What if the weather turns bad?
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