Four civilians to enter Earth's orbit on Elon Musk's Inspiration 4

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is sending the first ever all-civilian crew to orbit: Four civilians blast off on Wednesday for historic three-day mission

  • Scheduled to launch Wednesday, Elon Musk’s SpaceX Inspiration 4 mission will send four spaceflight novices into the planet’s orbit for an expected three days
  • Although Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson have sent civilians into space, neither billionaire has sent them into orbitjust ‘suborbitalflights lasting a few minutes
  • After blastoff from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the rocket is planned to orbit 360 miles above Earthhigher than the International Space Station
  • Fellow billionaire Jared Isaacman, American founder of the e-commerce firm Shift4 Payments, will serve as the Inspiration 4’s commander for the journey
  • ‘A historic journey awaits us in space,’ 그는 트윗했다. ‘I hope this mission reinforces how far inspiration can take us and theachievements it leads to here on Earth,’
  • SpaceX‘s Crew Dragon is scheduled to jettison the first all-civilian space flight to enter the Earth’s orbit on September 15.

    After blastoff at Cape Canaveral, 플로리다, Inspiration 4’s four-man crew will circle the globe once every 90 minutes at more than 17,000 시간 당 마일, or roughly 22 times the speed of sound, for three days before splashdown in the Atlantic on Saturday.

    Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos have backed space missions without professional astronauts onboard, 하나, both of these flights were ‘suborbitaland lasted just a few minutes.

    Mission commander Jared Isaacman, the American founder and chief executive of e-commerce firm Shift4 Payments, will be joined by three fellow spaceflight novices on the trip which is expected to blastoff at Cape Canaveral, 플로리다, on Wednesday and splashdown in the Atlantic on Saturday.

    Mission commander Jared Isaacman, 38, the American founder and chief executive of e-commerce firm Shift4 Payments, has paid out an unspecified sum to fellow billionaire and SpaceX owner Elon Musk to fund the historic journey.

    The crew vehicle is set for blastoff from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center atop one of Musk’s reusable Falcon 9 rockets, with a 24-hour targeted launch window that opens at 8 pm EDT on Wednesday.

    Pictured are 'Specialist' Chris Sembroski, 42 (맨 왼쪽), 'Commander' Jared Isaacman, 38 (왼쪽에서 두 번째), 'chief medical officer' Hayley Arceneaux, 29 (오른쪽에서 두 번째) and 'pilot' Sian Proctor, 51 (맨 오른쪽), who are all scheduled to become the first civilians to enter the Earth's orbit without a professional astronaut onboard this upcoming Wednesday

    Pictured are ‘SpecialistChris Sembroski, 42 (맨 왼쪽), ‘CommanderJared Isaacman, 38 (왼쪽에서 두 번째), ‘chief medical officerHayley Arceneaux, 29 (오른쪽에서 두 번째) and ‘pilotSian Proctor, 51 (맨 오른쪽), who are all scheduled to become the first civilians to enter the Earth’s orbit without a professional astronaut onboard this upcoming Wednesday

    The crew vehicle is set for blastoff from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center atop one of Musk’s reusable Falcon 9 rockets, with a 24-hour targeted launch window that opens at 8 pm EDT on Wednesday. Pictured is SpaceX CEO Elon Musk speaking at a press conference held in January at the space center about a successful test of the Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule

    The crew vehicle is set for blastoff from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center atop one of Musk’s reusable Falcon 9 rockets, with a 24-hour targeted launch window that opens at 8 pm EDT on Wednesday. Pictured is SpaceX CEO Elon Musk speaking at a press conference held in January at the space center about a successful test of the Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule

    A Falcon 9 rocket is pictured carrying a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft - this time manned by two professional astronauts on board - in May of 2020

    A Falcon 9 rocket is pictured carrying a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraftthis time manned by two professional astronauts on boardin May of 2020

    Dragon Resilience - the crew's ride into space and back home - is shown on September 12 waiting for the Wednesday launch in the hangar of launch complex 39A

    Dragon Resiliencethe crew’s ride into space and back homeis shown on September 12 waiting for the Wednesday launch in the hangar of launch complex 39A

    That window could be narrowed, or possibly altered, a few days before, depending on weather.

    영감4, the orbital outing was conceived by Isaacman primarily to raise awareness and support for one of his favorite causes, 성. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a pediatric cancer center to which he has pledged $100 million personally.

    A successful mission would help usher in a new era of commercial space tourism, with companies vying for wealthy customers willing to pay a small fortune to experience the supersonic flight, weightlessness and the visual spectacle of space.

    ‘While a historic journey awaits us in space, I hope this mission reinforces how far inspiration can take us and the extraordinary achievements it leads to here on Earth.tweeted Isaacman of the groundbreaking mission.

    A successful mission would help usher in a new era of commercial space tourism, with companies vying for wealthy customers willing to pay a small fortune to experience the supersonic flight, weightlessness and the visual spectacle of space

    A successful mission would help usher in a new era of commercial space tourism, with companies vying for wealthy customers willing to pay a small fortune to experience the supersonic flight, weightlessness and the visual spectacle of space

    The four crewmates have spent the past five months undergoing rigorous preparations, including altitude fitness, centrifuge (G-force), microgravity and simulator training, emergency drills, classroom work and medical exams

    The four crewmates have spent the past five months undergoing rigorous preparations, including altitude fitness, centrifuge (G-force), microgravity and simulator training, emergency drills, classroom work and medical exams

    Setting acceptable levels of consumer risk in the inherently dangerous endeavor of rocket travel is also key, and raises a pointed question.

    ‘Do you have to be both rich and brave to get on these flights right now?’ said Sridhar Tayur, a professor of operations management and new business models at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, in an interview with Reuters on Friday.

    SpaceX is easily the most well-established player in the burgeoning constellation of commercial rocket ventures, having already launched numerous cargo payloads and astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA.

    Rival companies Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin both recently celebrated their debut astro-tourism missions with their respective founding executivesbillionaires Branson and Bezoseach going along for the ride.

    But those two high-profile flights were suborbital in scale, sending their crews of citizen astronauts to space and back in a matter of minutes.

    The SpaceX flight is designed to carry its four passengers where no all-civilian crew has gone beforeinto Earth’s orbit.

    거기, they will circle the globe once every 90 minutes at more than 17,000 시간 당 마일, or roughly 22 times the speed of sound.

    The SpaceX flight is designed to carry its four passengers where no all-civilian crew has gone before - into Earth's orbit. 거기, they will circle the globe once every 90 minutes at more than 17,000 시간 당 마일, or roughly 22 times the speed of sound

    The SpaceX flight is designed to carry its four passengers where no all-civilian crew has gone beforeinto Earth’s orbit. 거기, they will circle the globe once every 90 minutes at more than 17,000 시간 당 마일, or roughly 22 times the speed of sound

    The Inspiration4 crew will have no part to play in operating their spacecraft, despite some largely honorary titles, though two members - Isaacman and geoscientist Sian Proctor - are licensed pilots. Pictured is the Inspiration 4's launching apparatus

    The Inspiration4 crew will have no part to play in operating their spacecraft, despite some largely honorary titles, though two membersIsaacman and geoscientist Sian Proctorare licensed pilots. Pictured is the Inspiration 4’s launching apparatus

    The target altitude is 575 kilometers, or nearly 360 마일 높이, beyond the orbits of the International Space Station or even the Hubble Space Telescope.

    Like Blue Origin, the 20-story-tall SpaceX launch vehicle and crew capsule will take off vertically from a launch pad on a flight directed entirely from the ground.

    Branson’s suborbital rocket plane, 대조적으로, had two highly trained pilots at the controls as it carried its four rear-seat passengers 50 마일 높이.

    The Inspiration4 crew will have no part to play in operating their spacecraft, despite some largely honorary titles, though two membersIsaacman and geoscientist Sian Proctorare licensed pilots.

    아이작만, who is rated to fly commercial and military jets, has assumed the role of mission ‘commander,’ while Proctor, 51, once a NASA astronaut candidate herself, has been designated as the mission ‘pilot.

    Proctor was selected to join the team through an online contest run by Shift4 Payments.

    Rounding out the crew are ‘chief medical officerHayley Arceneaux, 29, a bone cancer survivor turned St. Jude physicians’ assistant, and mission ‘specialistChris Sembroski, 42, 미국. Air Force veteran and aerospace data engineer.

    Sembroski won a seat on the historic flight in a sweepstake that drew 72,000 applicants and has raised over $100 million in St. Jude donations.

    Jared Isaacman (왼쪽 상단), who is rated to fly commercial and military jets, has assumed the role of mission 'commander,' Sian Proctor (왼쪽 하단), 51, once a NASA astronaut candidate herself, has been designated as the mission 'pilot.' Rounding out the crew are 'chief medical officer' Hayley Arceneaux, 29, (pictured top right) a bone cancer survivor turned St. Jude physicians’ assistant, and mission 'specialist' Chris Sembroski (오른쪽 하단), 42, 미국. Air Force veteran and aerospace data engineer

    Jared Isaacman (왼쪽 상단), who is rated to fly commercial and military jets, has assumed the role of mission ‘commander,’ Sian Proctor (왼쪽 하단), 51, once a NASA astronaut candidate herself, has been designated as the mission ‘pilot.Rounding out the crew are ‘chief medical officerHayley Arceneaux, 29, (pictured top right) a bone cancer survivor turned St. Jude physicians’ assistant, and mission ‘specialistChris Sembroski (오른쪽 하단), 42, 미국. Air Force veteran and aerospace data engineer

    The four crewmates have spent the past five months undergoing rigorous preparations, including altitude fitness, centrifuge (G-force), microgravity and simulator training, emergency drills, classroom work and medical exams.

    Inspiration4 officials stress that the mission is more than a joyride. Once in orbit, the crew will perform medical experiments with “potential applications for human health on Earth and during future spaceflights,” the group said in its press materials.

    Appearing in a promotional clip for a Netflix documentary series on the mission, Arceneaux said a big part of her motivation was to kindle hope in her cancer patients.

    ‘I’m getting to show them what life can look like after cancer,’ 그녀가 말했다.

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