SpaceX is preparing to carry out its first space flight composed exclusively of civilians. Named Inspiration4, the mission will be spread over three days and will take on four people. Here’s how to follow the launch live.
We have entered the era of space tourism. Last July, billionaire Richard Branson, three other passengers and two pilots took a quick tour of space aboard VSS Unity. A few days later, Jeff Bezos flew into the cosmos, accompanied by his brother and two other people. And on Wednesday September 15, SpaceX will send its first space tourists to the stars. A flight that will be historic.
As a reminder, Elon Musk’s company is already sending astronauts to the International Space Station like Thomas Pesquet. But she had never transported civilians before. SpaceX will therefore make four people travel aboard the Crew Dragon capsule. Notably, there will be no professional astronauts participating in the Inspiration4 mission. It is the American billionaire Jared Isaacman who will inherit the position of captain.
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SpaceX: Inspiration4 about to soar into the cosmos
Experienced airplane pilot, he invested an astronomical sum (not revealed) to carry out this stellar voyage which will last three days. The rest of the crew are Hayley Arceneaux (bone cancer survivor), Chris Sembroski (US Air Force veteran) and Sian Proctor (professor of planetology and geology who failed to become an astronaut in 2009). Concretely, they will rise to nearly 540 kilometers of altitude, that is to say beyond the ISS. To do this, they will be able to count on autopilot and on the supervision of SpaceX.
This trip will be the occasion to study in depth the impact of space flight on their health and their body (sleep, heart rate, blood…). Data that SpaceX will then use for its next space tourism missions. If conditions are optimal, the Falcon 9 rocket will therefore take off on September 15 from the Kennedy Space Center located in Florida. You can follow this on SpaceX’s YouTube channel around 2 a.m. PST.
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