Do four people who have never been in space orbit the earth for three days after just a few months of training?
This is the challenge that SpaceX has set for itself when it launches its first cruise mission on Wednesday, the first time exclusively private crew will orbit our planet.
The five-hour launch window for “Inspiration4” opens at 8:02 pm (0002 GMT Thursday).
A Falcon 9 rocket with a dragon capsule on top will explode from the legendary launch complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Center in Florida, from where the Apollo 11 mission left for the moon.
The spacecraft’s orbit will take it to an altitude of 575 km (357 miles), which will be deeper in space than the International Space Station (ISS).
At the end of their voyage, four Americans will descend off the coast of Florida, their descent slowed by a large parachute.
The mission was funded by Jared Isaac Mann, 38, founder of High School Dropout and Shift 4 Payments.
SpaceX has not revealed what the price is, but it is worth millions of dollars.
“We understand how lucky and fortunate we are,” Isaac Mann told a press briefing on Tuesday.
For the trip, Isaac Mann is selecting three other people through a contest.
Haley Arsino, a 29-year-old pediatric cancer survivor, is a medical assistant. She will be the youngest American to orbit and the first person to have an artificial limb.
Chris Sambrowski, 42, is a former U.S. Air Force employee who now works in the aviation industry.
Sean Proctor, a 51-year-old geology professor, was almost selected to become a NASA astronaut in 2009.
She will be only the fourth African American woman to go into space.
Goal stated: To represent a turning point in the democratization of space, by proving that the universe is accessible to those who have not been hand-picked and trained as astronauts for many years.
For SpaceX, this is nothing short of the first step towards a multi-planet humanity – Elon Musk’s ultimate vision.
On board, their biological data (including their heart rate, sleep), as well as their cognitive abilities will be analyzed.
They will also test before and after the trip to measure its effects on their body. His training lasted only six months.
The flight should be fully automated, but the crew has been trained by SpaceX to take control in case of an emergency.
They also had to go through their own pace physically.
Together, they climbed the ice and reached Mount Rainier, which stands 14,411 feet (3,000 meters) in the northwest of the country.
He also completed a centrifuge – a long rotating arm – and hijacking training on jet flights.
In addition to serving as a vehicle for SpaceX’s ambitions, the mission aims to raise 200 200 million for St. Jud’s Children’s Research Hospital, a major facility in Memphis.
Arceneaux was treated as a child, and now works there.
The staff will take various items with them.
The space adventure ended the summer, culminating in a battle between billionaire Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos.
The founder of Virgin Galactic first achieved this feat on July 11, and was followed nine days later by Blue Origin Boss.
But these flights lost weight in just a few minutes. The SpaceX mission is far more ambitious.
This will be the fourth astronaut mission, which has now sent 10 astronauts to the ISS.
The company is already working on future tourism missions, including one at ISS in January 2022.
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