SpaceX is about to blast four normal people into space on Inspiration4

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Inspiration 4, SpaceX’s completely private trip to orbit, is just hours away from launch.

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The launch window opens on Thursday mornings at 1 a.m. UK time or 8 a.m. local Eastern time. It’s open for five hours, which means that – and if the team can’t fit in that window – it will be delayed.

After launch, the team will fly higher into orbit than any human since the Space Shuttle, spend three days in space conducting experiments and experience Earth at a distance.


Then they would fall back to Earth, landing in the ocean for a splashdown.

If the mission is successful, it will be a major step forward for space tourism and for Elon Musk and SpaceX’s plans to make it accessible with funding to put a rocket and spacecraft into orbit.


As the sun rises on the day that will see them head to space, here’s the latest on Reuters of what’s happening to the crew:

Four civilian astronauts ready to ride a SpaceX rocket ship around the world The first all-civilian crew launched into orbit on Tuesday said they looked forward to liftoff on the eve of their flight, only to feel “well”. were panicking

“I was just worried that this moment would never come in my life. Let’s go, let’s do it,” said Sean Proctor, 51, a geosciences professor, artist, and lifelong space enthusiast who works for NASA’s Space Science Foundation. Passenger candidates were in the program prior to the 2009 final cut.

Proctor also revealed that he and his classmates received a telephone call from one of his personal heroes, former First Lady Michelle Obama, wishing him well, an honor he said “will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

The “Inspiration 4” quartet is due for liftoff on Wednesday (0000 GMT) from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, for an orbital flight slated for about three days before splashdown.

Proctor and his crew mates — billionaire e-commerce executive and jet pilot Jared Isaacman, 38, physician assistant Hayley Arsinaux, 29, and aerospace data engineer Chris Sambrowski, 42 — spoke to reporters at a pre-launch briefing inside a SpaceX hangar. Took questions. More than 24 hours before launch time.

Behind them, visible in the distance through the hangar’s open doors, stood the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule, designed to lift them to a targeted orbital altitude of 360 miles (575 km) on Earth – which is more than the International Space Station.

That’s a far cry from the inaugural astro-tourism flights this summer by SpaceX rivals Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, which took their respective billionaire founders — Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos — along for the ride.

Those two suborbital trips, while high enough for his crew to experience moments of microgravity, were over in just a few minutes.

The planned high-orbit flight for Inspiration 4 carries greater risks, including greater exposure to radiation in space. But the crew members claimed excessive trust in SpaceX, the private California-based rocket company founded by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk.

Isaacman, founder and chief executive of electronic financial services company Shift4 Payments Inc., is the originator and beneficiary of the mission, which paid Musk an undisclosed but potentially hefty sum to fly all four crew members into orbit. .

Musk joined the pre-flight “check-in” call on Tuesday, “and assured us his entire leadership is fully focused on this mission,” Isaacman told reporters when asked about the pre-launch nerves. . “No panic, just excited to go.”

Arsinox, a childhood bone cancer survivor who now works with young lymphoma and leukemia patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Center in Memphis, Tennessee, which was designed to promote the Inspire 4 mission in a big way, said. Said she was “just so excited.”

“Any jerks are the good kind,” she said. “I’m looking forward to coming here tomorrow.”

At least one of those who attended Tuesday’s event was a retired NASA astronaut, Katherine “Cady” Coleman, 60, a veteran of two space shuttle missions, who wished the Inspire 4 crew all the best: “We’re in the family.” I want to welcome you.”

Andrew Griffin15 September 2021 12:20

Isaacman posted a picture of the jets around the launchpad

Jared Isaacman, the first to join the Inspiration4 Trip and its funder, posted a photo of his friends on the Black Diamond jet team, a civilian aerobatics crew, sitting on the launchpad as they fly around the rocket.

Andrew Griffin14 September 2021 16:50

crew pictured in spaceship

Here’s a look at the Inspiration 4 crew, all out in their spacesuits:

Andrew Griffin14 September 2021 15:30

Expected to launch Wednesday night/Thursday morning

SpaceX has announced that it is targeting a window on Wednesday night/Thursday morning for the launch:

Andrew Griffin13 September 2021 12:01

Launch window delayed by 24 hours

SpaceX has delayed opening the launch window of the Inspiration 4 mission from Wednesday to Thursday.

It’s important to note that this is window opening only – it could be anytime after Thursday rather than necessary. Feather Thursday.

We are expecting more details soon with more precise timings.

“Following arrival, SpaceX and Inspiration 4 teams also met yesterday evening for a follow-on flight readiness review and an early weather briefing,” the statement said. “After evaluating the readiness of the Falcon 9 rocket, Dragon spacecraft, associated ground systems, recovery assets, and other key elements of SpaceX’s manned spaceflight system, and current weather forecasts of conditions at the launch site, along the ascent corridor, and some Days later, the teams agreed to aim for liftoff no later than 8:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 15, landing locations off Florida’s shores for the safe return of the crew.

“This will allow additional time for final preparation, vehicle checkout and data review. SpaceX and Inspiration4 will limit the launch window to five hours, approximately three days before liftoff.”

Andrew Griffin13 September 2021 11:13

Hello and welcome…

… To GranthshalaLive coverage of the Inspiration 4 mission.

Andrew Griffin13 September 2021 09:56


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