SpaceX is short of launching its first civilian crew for a three-day low-Earth ride.
The mission is scheduled to take off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Florida Space Center on Wednesday, September 15.
Shift4 Payments CEO Jared Isaacman, commander of the Inspiration4 mission, secured the flight in a private deal with SpaceX. Isaacman said much of Inspiration4 is about increasing the popularity of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and achieving the goal of funding the facility at $ 200 million.
The mission is visible on many levels. In addition to being the first flight to orbit without a professional astronaut on board, it will also be the first space mission to include bone cancer survivor, in this case, 29-year-old American Hailey Arseno. In addition, it will be the first SpaceX flight to include the Dragon spacecraft, which does not visit the International Space Station, and will mark the first use of the Crew Dragon spacecraft with a fully glass observatory dome at its tip.
In addition to the crew enjoying the amazing views from the dome, during what promises to be an extraordinary voyage, various health-related experiments will also be conducted during microgravity.
Speaking recently about the upcoming mission, Isaacman said the Inspiration4 crew is committed to using the experience, “to make a better future for those who launch it in the coming years and decades.”
He added: “In the history of mankind, less than 600 people have reached space. We are proud that our flight will help influence all those who will travel after us, and we look forward to how this mission will help usher in a new era of space exploration. ”
Indeed, a successful flight will open the door to similar flights performed by SpaceX as part of a high-quality space tourism service, and the trips require months of intensive preparation for launch, as well as money.
How to watch
SpaceX has announced a five-hour launch period, which will begin at 20:02 Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 15. The exact launch time will be largely determined by weather conditions at the Kennedy Space Center and its environs.
You can watch the launch and early stages of the Inspiration4 mission with the video player built into the top of this page. SpaceX will also broadcast the same footage on its YouTube channel.
The third option is Netflix, which shows the highlights of the mission in a five-part documentary series this month.