SpaceX is set to release four people into space on Wednesday (15th September) on a three-day mission. The mission is the first to orbit the Earth with solely private citizens on board, as Elon Musk’s firm penetrates the space tourism tussle.
The Inspiration4 mission caps a summer that saw billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos cross the final frontier. This is on Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin spaceships respectively, a few days at a distance in July.
The precise price he paid SpaceX has not been revealed, however, it runs into the tens of millions of dollars.
The mission itself is far more go-getting in scope than the few weightless minutes Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin clients can purchase.
The SpaceX Crew Dragon will be flying beyond the orbit of the International Space Station.
Jared Isaacman says the following in an episode of a Netflix documentary about the mission –
- The risk is not zero
- You are riding a rocket at 17,500 miles (28,000 kilometers) per hour around the Earth.
- In that kind of environment, there is danger
SpaceX has now given no less than ten astronauts rides to the ISS on behalf of NASA – although this will be the first time taking non-professional astronauts.
Details of Inspiration4 mission –
- Take-off is scheduled for Wednesday from 8:00 pm Eastern Time (5:30 am IST)
- Launchpad 39A, at NASA’s Kennedy Center in Florida
‘Are we reaching the Moon?’
In addition to Isaacman, who is the mission task force, three non-public figures were chosen for the voyage. This is via a process that was initially spoken about at the Super Bowl in February.
Each crew member was chosen to signify a pillar of the mission.
The youngest, Hayley Arceneaux, is a childhood bone cancer survivor, who represents “hope.”
She will become the first person with a prosthetic to go to space.
The 29-year-old was chosen because she works as a Physician Assistant in Memphis for St. Jude’s Hospital, the altruistic recipient of Inspiration4.
Chris Sembroski, 42, is a former US Air Force veteran who now works in the aviation industry – one of the contributors who held the seat of “generosity”
The last seat represents “prosperity” and was on hand to Sian Proctor, a 51-year-old earth science professor who, in 2009, barely missed out on becoming a NASA astronaut.